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Beyond Fashoda: Anglo-French security cooperation in Africa since Saint-Malo

Chafer, Tony and Cumming, Gordon David 2010. Beyond Fashoda: Anglo-French security cooperation in Africa since Saint-Malo. International Affairs 86 (5) , pp. 1129-1147. 10.1111/j.1468-2346.2010.00932.x

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Traditionally divided on security matters, France and Britain broke new ground when they signed the 1998 Saint-Malo agreement, promising to collaborate on defence and security, and pledging to cooperate bilaterally and in a ‘bi-multi’ fashion on Africa. This Anglo-French collaboration is the focus of this article, which begins by setting out the lack of UK–French security cooperation in Africa from the colonial to the early post-Cold War era. It then shows how there has been a degree of institutionalization of Anglo-French relations, alongside greater cooperation in terms of ESDP missions and the training of African peacekeepers. Next, this study explains the recent evolution of UK–French security relations in terms of neo-classical realist theory. Finally, it assesses the likelihood of closer Anglo-French security collaboration in the future.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Publisher: Royal Institute of International Affairs
ISSN: 0020-5850
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:14

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