Over the last decade, there has been a shift toward a strategic view of Africa. China and the U.S. import respectively 30 and 22 percent of their oil from Africa. Africa is clearly emerging on the world stage as a strategic player. Besides energy ...
security, this shift is reflective of two defining dynamics: political and economic reforms that have seen the growth of democracy, the improvement of economic outlook, and the strengthening of regional governance in Africa on the one hand; and the ongoing diffusion of global power, which is setting the stage for a new global order on the other hand. Africa and the New World Era probes the importance and significance of this shift and its implications for Africa's international relations.