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Insight Turkey > Issues | A New Scramble for Africa? The Role of Great and Emerging Powers - Winter 2019 / Volume 21, Number 1

A New Scramble for Africa? The Role of Great and Emerging Powers



Editor's Notes


Guest Editor's Note | Winter 2019
Africa has often been the focus of contradictory attention that has oscillated between the labels of a physical obstacle to travel between Europe and the East, a geostrategic continent, a collection of failed or failing states, to now a geo-economically important continent with potentially viable markets because of its many and rapidly growing economies endowed with strategic minerals. With the dawn of the 21st century and the reality of strategic rivalry between the United States and China, coupled with the global involvement of middle and emerging powers in particular Russia, Japan, Turkey, Iran, and India many issues are coming to the fore. Africa is now experiencing a new “scramble” for its strategic minerals, the buying power of its growing middle class, its significant choke points, its diplomatic importance and growing influence in international organizations, among others.


Commentaries


Russia in Africa: A Search for Continuity in a Post-Cold War Era
This commentary proposes to connect Russia’s present activities in Africa to the history of...

China, Oil, and Africa: A New Perspective
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Trade of China and India with Africa after the 2008 Financial Crisis
The paper analyses the trade competition between China and India in Africa over the period from...


Articles


No Questions Asked? Development and the Paradox of China’s Africa Policy
This paper argues that China’s strategy of engaging African countries through its stated “no...

Terrorism in Africa: The Rise of Islamist Extremism and Jihadism
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Cloud on the Horizon: African Migration, Transnationalism, and Social Osmosis
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Militarization and Securitization in Africa: The Role of Sino-American Geostrategic Presence
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The Work of Peace: History, Imperialism, and Peacekeeping
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Iran’s Scramble for Sub-Saharan Africa
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Re-examining the “Base”: The Political and Security Dimensions of Turkey’s Military Presence in Somalia
In late 2017, Turkey opened a facility to train the Somali National Army. Routinely described as...

The U.S. War on Terror Discourse: Mapping De-politicization and the Politics of Confinement in Afghanistan
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Review Article


Kurdish Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the PKK’s Changing Policy in Regional Politics
The transformation of the discourses of the PKK since the 2000s is placed virtually at the center of Middle East politics as they relate to the Kurdish issue. Particularly, the Syrian civil war and the role of PYD, which is the Syrian branch of the PKK, have made the ideological and discursive evolution of the PKK, and the ways in which this evolving discourse has been implemented, one of the most interesting topics for scholars to elaborate.


Book Reviews


The New Political Islam: Human Rights, Democracy and Justice
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From Politics to the Pews: How Partisanship and the Political Environment Shape Religious Identity
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Political Islam in Tunisia: The History of Ennahda
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The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy: The State and Minority Groups in Israel, Poland and Northern Ireland
In the midst of political discussions over Israel’s controversial Jewish Nation-state Law adopted...

Political Campaign Communication: Principles and Practices (8th Edition)
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Yemen and the Gulf States: The Making of a Crisis
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Guardians of the Arab State: When Militaries Intervene in Politics, from Iraq to Mauritania
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Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East
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We Kill Because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age
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Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities
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