The Nature of Africa’s relations with external actors in historical context: the colonial, cold war and post-cold war eras

Nyadera, Israel Nyaburi
This research seeks to examine the nature of relations between external actors and the continent of Africa. By looking at the colonial, cold war and the post-cold war eras, I seek to assess how the nature of engagement with external actors affects the past, present, and future of the continent. I will compare the actors, narratives and the outcomes of these eras. I will also look at how the structure of the international system and the characteristics of the domestic environment influence the nature of engagements. Existing theories that explain the consequences of external actors in Africa seem to be divided on whether the involvements of external actors in Africa have negative or positive implications. Three actors namely Turkey, China, and India, will be discussed in depth in chapter three as case studies. I will conclude by giving the similarities and difference of three eras where the continent has been in the spotlight of external actors and give recommendations on some important issues that need to be addressed if the continent is to have a stronger position while engaging with external actors.  


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Citation Formats
I. N. Nyadera, “The Nature of Africa’s relations with external actors in historical context: the colonial, cold war and post-cold war eras,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.