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Dossier: Africa

Dossier: Africa

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GIS experts explain why Europe should pivot from post-colonial neglect of Africa to a robust partnership that would make the continent an essential region for cooperation.


Africa is a rich continent undergoing a demographic boom and is home to over 30 percent of the world’s natural resources. Its arable land could feed much larger numbers than today’s population. The continent’s natural wealth includes ample energy sources, both fossil fuel-based and renewable, and plentiful metals and minerals that are in high demand in the 21st century.

Africa’s strategic location is going play a crucial role in future geopolitical developments. It may also become an area where European and Chinese interests collide. Since decolonization, however, the West has largely been absent from Africa, particularly in sub-Saharan regions. Decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, a resurgent Russia and rapidly developing China have begun to assert their own influence on the continent.

Recent concerns about migration from Africa have sparked renewed interest in European capitals. Unfortunately, by concentrating on immediate, short-term issues, Western leaders risk overlooking a broader geostrategic opportunity. It is not too late to learn from history and rethink Europe’s African policies – from the approach to trade with the continent and the treatment of governance issues, to development assistance and attempts to improve Africa’s stability and security. But time is running short.

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