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Why Europe Intervenes in Africa: Security Prestige and the Legacy of Colonialism

Catherine Gegout


Why Europe Intervenes in Africa analyzes the underlying causes of all European decisions for and against military interventions in conflicts in African states since the late 1980s. It focuses on the main European actors who have deployed troops in Africa: France, the United Kingdom and the European Union. When conflict occurs in Africa, the response of European actors is generally inaction. This can be explained in several ways: the absence of strategic and economic interests, the unwillingness of European leaders to become involved in conflicts in former colonies of other European states, and ... More

Keywords: Intervention, Military, Europe, Africa, Realism, Neo-colonialism, Security, Prestige, Economic interests, Humanitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190845162
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190845162.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Gegout, author
University of Nottingham