74659 - Europe and Africa: Cooperation and Security

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will know the main policies and institutions of the EU-partnership in the fields of security and development cooperation, within the framework of the international debate on these topics. In particular, students will be able to: analyze the contemporary literature concerning the political and military relations between the EU and Africa; discuss and contextualize the main global and regional processes of transformation defining the relations between the EU and Africa, - understand the historical evolution of the UE-Africa security and development cooperation ; organize and retrieve bibliographic and documentary sources using libraries and web materials.

Course contents

PART A – Corrado Tornimbeni

Lecture 1) Colonization: a new political order

- M. Crowder, Indirect Rule: French and British Style, in Journal of the International African Institute, vol. 34, no. 3, 1964

Lecture 2) Decolonization: the puzzle of the cold war

- P. Nugent, Africa since Independence. A Comparative History, Palgrave MacMillan, 2004, Chapter 1.

Lecture 3) France and Africa: stability and state-building

- E. Schmidt, Foreign Intervention in Africa. From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013, Chapter 7

Lecture 4) Portugal and UK in Southern Africa: cold war and late independences

- E. Schmidt, Foreign Intervention in Africa. From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013, Chapters 4 and 5

Seminar class 1 (group 1 / group 2): Decolonisation and conflict in the Congo

- E. Schmidt, Foreign Intervention in Africa. From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013, Chapter 3

Seminar class 2 (group 1 / group 2): Rwanda and the Genocide

- G. Prunier, “Opération Turquoise: A Humanitarian Escape from a Political Dead End”, in H. Adelman, A. Suhrke (eds.), The Path of a Genocide. The Rwanda Crisis from Uganda to Zaire, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, 2000.

Seminar class 3 (group 1 / group 2): Zimbabwe and UK

- B.-M. Tendi, “The origins and functions of demonisation discourses in Britain–Zimbabwe relations (2000–)”, Journal of southern African studies, 40.6 (2014): 1251-1269.


- I. Taylor and P. Williams, “The limits of engagement: British foreign policy and the crisis in Zimbabwe”, International Affairs, 78.3 (2002): 547-566.


PART B – Arrigo Pallotti

Lecture 5) The Lome Convention

I. Montana, The Lomé Convention from Inception to the Dynamics of the Post-Cold War, 1957-1990s, in African and Asian Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, 2003.

T. Parfitt, The Decline of Eurafrica? Lomé’s Mid-Term Review, in Review of African Political Economy, vol. 23, no. 67, 1996.

Lecture 6) Cotonou Parternship Agreement and democracy in Africa

G. R. Olsen, Europe and the Promotion of Democracy in post-Cold War Africa: How seriuos is Europe and for what Reason?, in African Affairs, vol. 97, no. 388, 1998.

Lecture 7) Cotonou Parternship Agreement and trade cooperation

C. Stevens, The EU, Africa and Economic Partnership Agreements: Unintended Consequences of Policy Leverage, in Journal of Modern African Studies, vol. 44, no. 3, 2006.

M. Langan, S., Price, Extraversion and the West African EPA Development Programme: Realising the Development Dimension of ACP–EU Trade?, in Journal of Modern African Studies, vol. 53, no. 3, 2015.

Lecture 8) The EU and security in Africa

N. Duggan, O. Hodzi, The challenges of China-European Union security cooperation in Africa, in Asia Europe Journal, 2020.


Seminar class 1 (group 1/group 2): The EU and the Mediterranean countries

G. Joffé, Regionalism, the European Union and the Arab Awakening, in M. Telò (ed), European Union and New Regionalism, 3rd edition, London, Routledge, 2014.

Seminar class 2 (group 1/group 2): The EU and migration from Africa

S. Lavenex, R. Kunz, The Migration-Development Nexus in EU External Relations, in Journal of European Integration, vol. 30, no. 3, 2007.

T. Rati, R. Shilhav, The EU Trust Fund for Africa. Trapped between Aid Policy and Migration Politics, Oxford, Oxfam, gennaio 2020 (https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/bp-eu-trust-fund-africa-migration-politics-300120-en.pdf),

Seminar class e (group 1/group 2): China's challenge to the EU in Africa

U. Wissenback, The EU’s Response to China’s Africa Safari: Can Triangular Co-operation Match Needs?, in S. Henson, F. Yap (eds), The Power of the Chinese Dragon, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2016.


Reading for students not attending classes

A. Adebajo, K. Whiteman (eds), The EU and Africa. From Euroafrique to Afro-Europa, London, Hurst & C., 2012.

A. Adebajo, The Curse of Berlin. Africa after the Cold War, London, Hurst & C., 2010.

E. Schmidt, Foreign Intervention in Africa.From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

T. Chafer, The end of the Empire in French West Africa: France's successful decolonization?, Oxford, Berg, 2002.

H. Solomon, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism in Africa, Basingstoke, Palgrave. 2015.

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment methods

A written exam at the end of the course.

Teaching tools

Power-point presentations.

Office hours

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