To Brexit and Beyond: Africa and the United Kingdom

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Chapter 6 argues that British foreign policy over Africa in the Cold War era seems to be one driven by guilt over colonialism, migration worries, and fears of terrorism, and the looming trade-stress test and interests mainly with South Africa. The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition and its successor Conservative government have rebooted trade and investment promotion, and have been rebuilding the UK’s diplomatic network in Africa. Britain has been engaged in UN peacekeeping, contributing to deployments in South Sudan and Somalia. It is also engaged in some military capacity-building, but only in selected African countries such as Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Gambia. But with Brexit, the author predicts that there is likely to be greater de-prioritisation of Africa in British policies as the Theresa May administration shifts the goal posts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfrica and the World:
Subtitle of host publicationBilateral and Multilateral International Diplomacy
EditorsDawn Nagar, Charles Mutasa
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783319625904
ISBN (Print)9783319625898
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Conservative Liberal Democrat Coalition
  • Brexit
  • Department For International Development (DFID)
  • Africa Policy
  • Strategic Defence And Security Review (SDSR)


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