International Interventions in Africa


International interventions in Africa offer rich insights on important issues in international politics: threats to international peace and security, humanitarian crises, armed conflicts prevention and management. Beyond these particular crises, international interventions reflect changing power relations among states at the global scale. They also reveal complex forms of political decision-making and social monitoring, involving a diversity of actors: politicians, national and international bureaucrats, diplomats, militaries, rebels, investors, business(wo)men, consultants, activists, scientists, artists, journalists, etc. The multidimensional interactions these actors entertain locally or in faraway headquarters are even blurring the divide between the intervenors on one side and local actors and host governments on the other.

Bibliographie indicative

David Ambrosetti (2012), “The Diplomatic Lead in the United Nations Security Council and Local Actors’ Violence: The Changing Terms of a Social Position”, African Security, Vol. 5, No. 2, p. 63–87.

David Ambrosetti and Romain Esmenjaud (2014), “Whose Money Funds African Peace Operations? Negotiating Influence and Autonomy with External Partners”, in Marco Wyss and Thierry Tardy (eds.), Peacekeeping in Africa: The Evolving Security Architecture, Routledge, p.73–89.

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Danielle Beswick (2010),  “Peacekeeping,  Regime  Security  and  ‘African  Solutions  to  African  Problems’:  Exploring  Motivations for Rwanda’s Involvement in Darfur”, Third World Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 5, p. 739–754.

Alex de Waal (2009), “Mission without End? Peacekeeping in the African Political Marketplace”, International Affairs, Vol. 85, No. 1, p. 99–113.

Martha Finnemore (1996), “Constructing Norms of Humanitarian Intervention”, in Peter Katzenstein (dir.), The Culture of National Security, New York, Columbia University Press, p. 153-185.

Jonathan Fisher (2012), “Managing Donor Perceptions: Contextualizing Uganda’s 2007 Intervention in Somalia”, African Affairs, Vol. 111, No. 444, p. 404–423.

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Patrick Quinton-Brown (2020), “The South, the West, and the Meanings of Humanitarian Intervention in History”, Review of International Studies, Vol. 46, No. 4, p. 514–533

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George Roberts (2014), “The Uganda–Tanzania War, the fall of Idi Amin, and the failure of African diplomacy, 1978–1979”, Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 692-709.

Robbie Shilliam (2013), “Intervention and Colonial-Modernity: Decolonising the Italy/Ethiopia Conflict through Psalms 68:31”, Review of International Studies, Vol. 39, p. 1131–1147.

Ian Taylor (2014), “China’s peacekeeping efforts in Africa”, in Marco Wyss and Thierry Tardy (eds.), Peacekeeping in Africa: The Evolving Security Architecture, Routledge p. 93–112.

Denis M. Tull and Andreas Mehler (2005), “The Hidden Costs of Power-Sharing: Reproducing Insurgent Violence in Africa”, African Affairs, Vol. 104, No 416, p. 375–398

Nina Wilén et al. (2015), “Sending peacekeepers abroad, sharing power at home: Burundi in Somalia”, Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, p.307-325.

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Année 4 | Quatrième année

Nombre d'heures 18.0

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