Nationalism, Globalization & Africa

Date/Time: Thursday 3rd May 2012, 6:30-8:30PM
Venue: Brunei Suite, SOAS

Book launch with author Dr Michael Amoah and Professor Jack Spence.

Chair: Professor Stephen Chan.

Nationalism, especially supranationalism is the bane of global governance and globalization. Whereas globalization seeks to unify the globe to function to advantage, supranationalisms operate to frustrate the coherence and achievement of this aim. This book delves into the theories of nationalism, the contours of supranational activity within global politics, international political economy, and global trade alliances vis-à-vis Africa. The book also identifies a list of African countries with identical issues, serial political difficulties, or time bombs ticking, and examines the performance of their political economies and new security challenges, using global indicators.

About the author

Dr Michael Amoah is an Associate of the Africa International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS – a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy at the London School of Economics. He has a doctorate in Politics and has held academic appointments at Middlesex University, University of London and The Open University. He specialises in Theories of Nationalism, Global Politics, International Politics of Africa, and Foreign Policy Analysis. Dr Amoah is also a regular Africa analyst on mainstream television networks including the BBC World Service and Aljazeera English.

Other speakers

Prof. Jack Spence OBE has been teaching in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, since 1997 and has specialised in a Post-Graduate course on Diplomacy. He has lectured at a variety of Universities in Britain, South Africa and the United States and has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of California, Los Angeles, Zimbabwe, Witwatersrand, Capetown, Natal and Pretoria. Between 1973 and 1991 he was Professor of Politics and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Leicester. And from 1991 to 1997 he was employed as Director of Studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Professor Spence was awarded an OBE in 2003.

Prof. Stephen Chan OBE is Professor of International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His many publications include The End of Certainty: Towards a New Internationalism and most recently, Southern Africa: old treacheries and new deceits.
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