By Thomas M. Franck (auth.), Yassin El-Ayouty, Hugh C. Brooks (eds.)
As an rising Continent, with a wealthy earlier, dynamic current and promising destiny, Africa has an immense function to play within the improve ment of overseas association. good prior to Africa 12 months, 1960, whilst numerous African States attained their independence and their rightful position locally of countries, a number of the activities for team spirit and co-operation strove in the direction of the construction of neighborhood overseas association. Now greater than ever sooner than, approximately ratings of African States, contributors of the United countries, the association of African team spirit and a number of other sub-regional corporations and preparations, glance upon foreign association as a huge capacity for guard ing their independence, bettering African identification, forging collabor ative bonds among themselves and with the skin global, and rais ing the normal of dwelling for his or her populations. it may even be famous that the age of technological know-how and know-how that's, and may be, in accordance with foreign co-operation, stimulates fur ther Africa's wish to boost and paintings via overseas inter governmental firms. As Africa faces the I970's, confronting the middle difficulties of colonial ism and apartheid in its southern elements, she seems to be upon the United countries and the association of African solidarity because the major automobiles for suggestion and motion. For those issues, the current publication as a result of the St.
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22 Cf. M. ", Etudes Congolaises, VIII, 4, juillet-aot1t 1965, p. 83· 23 See Joseph P. , Pan-Africanism and East African Integration (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1965): " ... U. IN AFRICAN POLITICS 27 (d) The existence of the OAD has provided support for the continued existence of regimes in power in African states. By the very act of joining with each other at meetings as well as by explicit OAD doctrine against "subversion", more radical heads of state sustain more conservative ones against attack.
Intellectual imperialism is as unacceptable as its political and economic counterparts. There is fortunately a growing generation of thinkers and scholars on the continent of Africa today, part of whose mission is to research into African ideas of legality, take a reflective view of their experience with foreign domination and impositions, as well as examine the compatibility of ideas held in all other geographical regions of the world. The views of Governments cannot be ignored in the exercise, especially as these usually reflect official juridical thinking within states.
The role of fear in international political life of the so-called big powers was a thing to be exploited. It was at the United Nations that the power of these new comers was most felt. They acquired a commanding majority and created thereby something of a dilemma for the big powers. Two of the most important consequences of the acquisition by developing states of numerical superiority and organizational cohesion were the Non-Aligned Conferences which brought together many heads of state and govern- 32 PAUL BAMELA ENGO ments, from differing cultures and political systems and the establishment of the Organization of African Unity.