STREAM: New Perspectives on African Regions and Regionalisms

STREAM: New Perspectives on African Regions and Regionalisms


This stream invites panels which critically reflect on the role of the state against that of the region. This is done in conjunction with the effects of regionalism in Africa. It is noted that the entire African region(s) faces multiple challenges, and opportunities. Most of the challenges have the potential to reverse gains made in the past decades while opportunities are present in Africa to make the 21st Century the African century as some have heralded. However uncertainty is inherent in Africa.  It is increasingly witnessed that many of the challenges facing Africa today are outside the power of the single state with regional implications and African wide reverberations. Consequently, the role of regionalism is ever more important. However, it is noted that African regionalism is heavily dependent on external support. This is evidenced by the dependency of the African Union and others on funding from the European Union and other external actors.

Panels are invited to critically debate the role of African states and non-state actors in the African regionalism. Panels are encouraged to examine the African place in the Intellectual History of Regionalism. The panels are encouraged to evaluate the contributions of African regional organisations such as the AU, ECOWAS, CEMAC, SADC, COMESA, EAC, IGAD etc. Scholars could as well examine sub-national regionalism such as what is being witnessed in the South-Western region of Nigeria e.g DAWN Commission.

We will welcome panels that focus on each of these regional spatial levels and how they interlink or affect one another. Issues such as alternative views of African security, the democratisation and regional organisations in African election monitoring, regional human rights regime, states and regional non-state actors’ responses to transnational organised crimes, China vs Western influence on African regional organisations, EU Economic Partnership Agreement and post-Brexit trade relations in Africa, regional alliance on counter-terrorism in Africa, statelessness/ refugees/ internally displaced persons, regular and irregular migration from, and within African regions. More importantly, what role can African regions play in addressing the youth employment in the continent?

Confirmed Panels:

Panel 1: New Perspectives on African Regions and REgionalisms

Chairs: Lekunze, Manu (Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom) and Ezeokafor, Edwin (University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom)

  • Rethinking Civil Society in African Regions and Regionalisms, Kogbe, Oluwabamidele Ibrahim (University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom)
  • Unraveling the ‘End of History’ for African Diaspora Politics; the Consequences of the Western Far-Right Nationalism on Somalia, Gemechu, Eyob Asfaw (Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • The Transformative Effects of Hydrocarbons on Regional Economic Communities: The EAC and an Emerging Hydrocarbon Sector, Barlow, Aidan John (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
  • Re-articulating regional space: The EAC’s ‘Vision 2050’ and the end of exceptionalism? O’Reilly, Peter (University of York (Department of Politics), York, United Kingdom)
  • Intervention and Claims of ‘African-ness’ at the AU: Unpacking the Dynamics of African Collective Identity in Peace and Security Contexts, Musabende, Alice (Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Panel 2: The New REgional Approach to Security: Africa in Perspectives

  • Regional Approach to Post-cold War Security: Africa in Perspectives, Ezeokafor, Edwin (University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom)
  • Southern Arrested Development Community? Reviewing SADC’s Conflict Management Record and Infrastructure, Aeby, Michael (Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Lived Experiences of Boko Haram and Counterterrorism: A Vernacular Security Approach , Oyawale, Akinyemi (University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom)
  • The Region of Fears and Wants? Remaking Our ECOWAS, Kogbe, Oluwabamidele (University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom)
  • Finding a Regional Security Complex: a Case of the Lake Chad Basin Region, Lekunze, Manu (Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom)

If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Oluwabamidele Kogbe,, Manu Lekunze,, Lekan Adisa,, Akin Oyawale, For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website 

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