An Overview of Asymmetrical Development
Chapter 4 concentrates on political dimensions of African regionalisms. The chapter discusses the consequences of violent conflicts on the African continent, reflected in casualties and mass population displacement. Further, the chapter explains what consequences regional defence and security asymmetries have on conflict prevention and peace-keeping, particularly focusing on the activities of the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs). The chapter describes how conflicts have led to the strengthening of the position of certain African states, because they control the means to intervene in those conflicts. The chapter shows that there is no linear relationship between conflict incidence, peacefulness and democracy, on the one hand, and regional integration on the other.
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