CODESRIA Bulletin Online, No. 25, November 2021 - African Solutions to African Problems: Appropriation in World Politics

by Ayrton Aubry


Security co-operation in Africa has been studied through multiple approaches in International Relations, from insti- tutionalism to constructivism and regionalism. African Union policies and norms, such as the recent African Peace and Security Architecture, or the norm of ‘bringing African Solutions to African Problems’, have been thoroughly examined by many authors, especially in the domain of security. Although most of these discussions bring stimulat- ing elements to the study of Africa in International Relations, we argue that they fail to grasp fully what ‘appropria- tion’, or ‘Africanisation’, means. Our research digs deeper into this question, delving into what African political theory says about it, particularly looking at the works of Frantz Fanon, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Paulin Hountondji.

Ayrton Aubry

Sciences Po (CERI) Paris, France