El-Affendi, Abdelwahab A. (2009) The perils of regionalism: regional integration as a source of instability in the Horn of Africa? Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 3 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1750-2977Full text not available from this repository.
The Horn of Africa, a region that has acquired notoriety as disaster and conflict-prone zone in the 1970s and 1980s, has become the site of a pioneering African experiment in regional cooperation in the early 1990s. In spite of a few successes, the experiment went disastrously wrong, creating more conflict than cooperation. This essay subjects the experiment to close analysis, concluding that the problem is a fundamental one, inherent in the process of regional cooperation itself. Comparing the experiments of the East African Community and the similar unravelling of the Eritrean-Ethiopian economic union, the essay points out that, under certain conditions, regional cooperation schemes could actually generate conflict. The region's experiment thus offers some sobering lessons with regards to the relatively optimistic post-Cold War thinking on the potential contribution of regionalism to world peace and stability, and calls for a fundamental re-evaluation of current thinking on regionalism and regional integration.
|Additional Information:||Regionalism, Horn of Africa, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, African Union|
|Subjects:||University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities|
|Depositing User:||Miss Nina Watts|
|Date Deposited:||27 Apr 2009 15:17|
|Last Modified:||27 Apr 2009 15:17|
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