This course examines the international relations of African states, narrowly defined. This includes inter-state relations in Africa, and relations between African states and major powers outside of Africa. In addition, relations between African states and other international actors, such as the United Nations and the European Union will be examined. In particular, we will ask whether or not there has been qualitative change in how and to what extent Africa, as a unit, has interacted with influential international actors, and if so, which factors account for the change. Therefore, mapping out the trajectory of the international relations of Africa over the last seventy years will be an important component of the course.
As students of diplomacy you are required to think in terms of bridging the gap between the theoretical and practical issues related to the international relations of African states. To this end, each student will write and present a well-developed research paper (that is, a paper with both academic and policy significance) on any topic related to the international relations of African states, including relations between two African countries, or between an African country and a country from outside of Africa. You may also choose a topic that examines a regional grouping and its/their relations with actors outside of Africa. Prior approval of the topic by the instructor is required. The class sessions will conclude with PowerPoint presentations of students’ research.
Bariagaber, Assefaw PhD, "DIPL 6700 International Relations of African States" (2019). Diplomacy Syllabi. 509.