The G8, Africa, and NEPAD: Self-proclaimed Success
The emperor's new clothes at Heiligendamm
Since the beginning of this century the G8 started to cultivate a special intimate relationship to representatives of a “new Africa” in response to their courting. Not by accident, Angela Merkel announced for the forthcoming summit in Heiligendamm at the Baltic Sea that the further expansion of this link into “reform partnerships” would officially rank among the priorities on the agenda. That does however not necessarily mean that this will indeed happen. A critical appraisal by Henning Melber.
Already in Kananaskis (2002; when the events in the Middle East replaced the African priority) and in Gleneagles (2005; after the bomb attacks in London) the originally announced focus on Africa was overshadowed by other matters and the African representatives had once again to play the second fiddle. As it looks, this time the climate change issue will push Africa another time out of the limelight ... ... this article coming up in Issue 3/May-Jun 2007 is for subscribers only. For direct log in >>> click here.If you have no subscription >>> pick an option or >>> buy the article.
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