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Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Hamchi
 
First Name:
Mohamed
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
GCC – African relations in an age of neo-regionalism: towards a trans-continental complex
 
Paper Proposal Text :
New-regionalism – also known as open regionalism – has evolved over the last two decades as a distinct feature of the global economic order. Interestingly, new regionalism has yet managed to overcome the dilemmatic opposition between the trends of international economic globalization (WTO as an example) on the one hand, and traditional regional economic integration trends (EU as an example) on the other. However, interactions between the Gulf Cooperation Council’s states and Africa have seemingly remained unaffected by the new global scene. The current paper examines the GCC – Africa relations during the last two decades, after the end of the cold war specifically. After casting some light on the modest performance of such relations, the paper questions the causality of the failure of engaging the GCC – Africa relations in a new-regionalist mode of interaction despite of the exceptional opportunities offered not only by common socio-political history, but also by shared culture, geographical proximity and – more importantly – economy’s structural similarity. It attempts at dis-covering the limitations of the way how both sides perceive such opportunities, and the way how they approach the prospects of taking advantage of the very complexity of a trans-continental engagement between the Asian GCC and Africa.
 
 
 

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