Insight Turkey, one of the leading academic journals in Turkey, in its latest issues tackles the latest developments in Africa and the great and emerging powers’ increasing interests in the region. “A New Scramble for Africa? The Role of Great and Emerging Powers” titled issue discusses different actors’ involvement in the African countries and its impact on the African nations.
Prominent scholars on African studies analyze the latest developments in the region, including here the involvement of great and emerging powers, i.e. China, U.S., Russia, Turkey, and Iran, securitization and militarization of the region, terrorism, peacekeeping efforts, imperialism, etc.
Cyril Obi and Wioletta Nowak discuss China’s involvement in the African continent, while Obi focuses more on oil trade, Nowak compares India’s and China’s relations with Africa. Maxim Matusevich Jeffrey Lefebvre draws a strong trajectory from Soviets to today’s Russia and from the regime of Shah to the Islamic regime, respectively. Fodei Batty brings another perspective by claiming that China’s involvement in the region may end up being paradoxical and harm China’s policies in the long run.
War on terror, securitization and militarization are also important when taking into consideration the current situation and the future of Africa. In this regard, the guest editor of this issue, Earl Conteh-Morgan examines the role of the U.S. and China in the militarization and securitization of the continent within the context of rivalry and cooperation. Lastly, Hayat Alvi, Angela Thompsell, and Joseph Bangura bring to our readers very interesting articles that shed light on important issues within the African studies.
We hope that our readers will find this issue of Insight Turkey informative and constructive!