Political Trust and the Politics of Security Engagement: China and the European Union in Africa - Routledge Studies in African Politics and International Relations by Mr. Benjamin Barton
The European Union and China are often described as parties whose bilateral political differences are so great that they can not be bypassed, so that they have failed to turn…
Political Trust and the Politics of Security Engagement synopsis
The European Union and China are often described as parties whose bilateral political differences are so great that they can not be bypassed, so that they have failed to turn rhetorical promises into tangible results of cooperation, especially in the area of internationalsecurity. However, in terms of their bilateral interaction on security risk management in Africa. Chinese and European naval officers have dropped the number of successful Somali pirates attacks in the Gulf of Aden and to a lesser extent joint participation in the search for a solution to the ongoing conflict in Darfur. This book asks how we can understand as a whole this relatively sudden shift in engagement between the officials involved on the subject of security risk management.
He argues that the outcome of Sino-European bilateral transactions on this subject is determined primarily by the ability / inability of these officials to build political confidence as a complex social phenomenon and knowledge. Thus, the book applies an innovative conceptual framework of political confidence to explain why European and Chinese officials have come close to "chronic" political differences on practical cooperation on Somali piracy, but they have not been able to do so when it comes to their interaction on Darfur.
In conclusion, the report examines the long-term impact of this confidence-building process by covering recent examples of bilateral participation in Libya and Mali and aims to show that although this confidence building process may be specific, the implications may go beyond their bilateral dealings on security issues. Africa, to influence broader issues of internationalsecurity. This text will be of primary importance to researchers and students of African and Chinese politics,European policy, security and maritime studies, and a wider range of international and government relations..
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