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Title:The 21st Century Scramble for Africa
Author:Lee, Margaret C.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:European Union
development cooperation
international economic relations
international relations
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589000600976570
Abstract:The 21st century scramble for Africa has two faces: the 'Saving Africa' face allegedly committed to decreasing Africa's marginalization within the world economy, and the 'Naked Imperialism' face, which destroys and exploits everything in its path in the name of capital accumulation or profit-making. The major question raised by the present author is whether the first face of the scramble serves as a mask to disguise the second face, for many of those who are in the forefront of the movement to save Africa appear to be either directly or indirectly supporting efforts to rob the continent of its natural resources and gain greater access to its markets. The data she presents suggest an affirmative answer. In return for promises of more official development assistance, foreign direct investment, and personal financial gain, African leaders are allowing the Western powers (the European Union and the United States) and China to gain greater control over, and exploit, African markets and natural (in particular mineral and energy) resources. On present evidence, African leaders are not committed to preventing Africa from being re-colonized by the Western powers and China. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]