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New External Actors in Africa

The global balance of power is shifting towards a multipolar, fragmented world order. This has a significant impact on Africa's international relations. States like China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, or Turkey are increasing their political, economic, and military engagement on the continent. They offer African states new forms of cooperation and thus potentially more opportunities to shape their foreign relations themselves. But not all actors are equally interested in sustainable development on the continent. In this thematic area, we look at the impact of these developments on African states and their relations with Europe.