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Call for Book Chapters: Quel avenir pour l’intégration africaine ? / What future for African integration?

Edited by Karim Zaouaq

 

SCOPE

Since the creation in 1963 of the Organization of African Unity (forerunner of today’s African Union), bilateral and multilateral intergovernmental cooperation initiatives have continued to multiply across the African continent, to the point where there are now over a hundred initiatives and institutions covering a wide range of fields: political, economic, commercial, customs, educational, cultural (…). The aim has always been to initiate far-reaching integration between African states.

Africa’s integration has not been confined to market integration, but has broadened towards institutional integration, manifested in the proliferation of regional and sub-regional institutions (at both community and intra-community levels). The adoption of the Lagos Plan of Action for the Economic Development of Africa 1980-2000 was a decisive factor in the acceleration of trade and economic integration, with the establishment of the eight Regional Economic Communities (RECs) that today comprise the African continent. The creation of the African Union in 2002 and the development of its actions and initiatives since then have contributed to the strengthening of African integration in cultural, scientific, political, normative fields, etc.

Hopes for further integration are high with the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), whose agreement has been signed by all African countries. The Covid 19 pandemic has also demonstrated the importance of African integration in meeting both economic and health challenges.

But there are many challenges to be met, as Africa is a continent beset by multiple political and security crises and turbulence (terrorism and insecurity, political instability…). It is also the continent where inequalities are greatest, both between citizens of the same country and between the States themselves, whose levels of development vary from one country to another. In this regard, the African continent includes emerging countries (such as South Africa), developing countries (such as Morocco) and less developed countries (such as Niger and Chad). The countries that make up the African continent do not all have the same trade capacities, as there are states with high trade potential (such as Egypt, South Africa and Nigeria) that could dominate Africa with the AfCFTA, and other states that could not compete due to their weak economical potential (such as the LDCs).

All these factors pose major challenges for regional institutions, led by the African Union, which are supposed to accelerate the continent’s integration at every level.

But while African integration is beset by challenges and obstacles, the future of this kind of integration dynamic is, more or less, bright. We need to encourage cooperation rather than competition between states, while strengthening the capacities of LDCs to extrude them out of the shadows of underdevelopment and improve the performance of developing and emerging countries.

These different aspects need to be studied. It is in this context that this call for papers invites professors, doctors, PhD students and researchers in various fields (law, political science, international relations, international law, economics, international trade, etc.) to propose book chapters that can take stock of the situation, shed light on the challenges facing African integration, and reflect on the future prospects of such an integration dynamic.

The chapters expected for this book will focus on the following areas (non-exhaustive list):

 

TOPICS OF INTEREST:

1- The state of African integration, its fields and instruments;

2- Assessment of African regional integration experiences (ECOWAS, ECCAS, COMESA, SADC, UMA, the AU);

3- Challenges of regional integration in Africa;

  • State resistance to the loss of sovereignty;
  • States’ membership of several regional groupings;
  • Terrorist threat;
  • The low level of trade between countries;
  • Low level of infrastructure development;
  • Border management difficulties or porous borders;
  • Political crises (coups d’état, electoral fraud, lack of democracy, etc.);
  • Multiplicity, competition and coordination problems between African regional and subregional institutions;
  • Rivalries, competition and wars of influence between African states;

4- The impacts of regional integration in Africa;

5- Prospects of regional integration in Africa;

 

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Paper proposals should be sent in Word format, in the form of an abstract of approximately 1-2 pages in French or English, accompanied by a presentation of the author(s) (name, status, institution, email address).

The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 28, 2024. Abstracts should be sent to the following address: k.zaouaq@gmail.com

Authors whose proposals have been accepted must then send the final text of their contribution in French or English by July 15, 2024 at the latest. Chapters should not exceed 45,000 characters (including spaces and footnotes), i.e. a maximum of 15 pages.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • February 28, 2024: Book chapter proposal deadline.
  • March 15, 2024: Acceptance/Rejection Notification.
  • July 15, 2024: Full Chapter Submission.
  • September 30, 2024: Review notification.
  • October 31, 2024: Final version chapter submission.
  • April 2025: Publication of the book by the French publishing house “L’Harmattan”.
Details
Organisation: Karim Zaouaq
Deadline: 28/02/2024
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