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dc.contributor.authorAkokpari, John
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-15T08:13:07Z
dc.date.available2016-11-15T08:13:07Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationAkokpari, J. (2016). The challenges of diplomatic practice in Africa. Journal for Contemporary History, 41(1), 1-17.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0258-2422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2415-0509 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/4445
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18820/24150509/jch.v41i1.1
dc.description.abstractDiplomacy has been used in the conduct of foreign policies in Africa. However, a disconcerting trend in the practice of diplomacy in Africa is the often limited successes, and sometimes failures, of states and regional organisations in achieving foreign policy objectives. Remarkably, such failures are not only typical of diplomacy targeting external actors, but are equally visible in intra-African diplomacy. By and large the diplomatic skills of Africa are tested mostly during periods of conflicts and threats to regional security. In most of these situations, diplomacy has proved to be ineffective in achieving desired outcomes. Consequently, most conflicts remain unresolved, while threats to good governance persist. The failures of diplomacy are largely due to a confluence of factors, including the quality of diplomacy and mediators, the pervasiveness of conflicts, Africa’s lack of international influence, its dependence on external actors and consequent lack of assertiveness, as well as Africa’s lack of courage to stand up to errant leaders whose actions threaten good governance and regional security.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherFaculty of the Humanities, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectAfricaen_ZA
dc.subjectConflictsen_ZA
dc.subjectDiplomacyen_ZA
dc.subjectForeign policyen_ZA
dc.subjectMediatorsen_ZA
dc.subjectAfrican leadersen_ZA
dc.subjectMilitary interventionen_ZA
dc.titleThe challenges of diplomatic practice in Africaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderFaculty of the Humanities, University of the Free State


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