1. INTRODUCTION: AFRICA AND THE SPECTER OF RE-COLONI- ZATION A very alarming trend has been developing lately in certain circles. A case for the re-colonization of Africa is being advanced by some political analysts and academics. For instance, Robert Kaplanl paints an apocalyptic portrait of the continent, while William Pfaff refers to the "destitution of Africa" and submits that "the time has arrived ... for honest and dispassion- ate discussion of this immense human tragedy".2 He then makes a case for what he labels a "disinterested[!] neo-colonialism" in Africa. Pfaff acknowledges the fact that when the Europeans first came to Africa, "there were coherent, functioning societies of varying degrees of sophistication" in Africa but these were, as he further concedes, "destroyed by colonialism". However, he contends that "[c]olonialism lasted long enough to destroy the preexisting social and political institutions, but not long enough to put anything solid and lasting in their place". Additionally, Pfaff challenges the competence of the United Nations or the United States in the reconstruction of Africa. Instead, he thrusts the pri- mary responsibility for this mission on Europe (on account, inter alia, of its prior colonial exploits in Africa and its "most urgent material
African Yearbook of International Law Online – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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