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They claim that the kind of state that has developed in Africa is something more than just a shadow of an ideal type. Undoubtedly, the colonial period led to extensive changes all over the African continent. However, the degree of change has been misjudged. Moreover, the various colonial powers had different practices for governing their colonies. The British way, that is, indirect rule through already established traditional authorities, obviously had less effect concerning changes in the continent than the French way, that is, direct rule and a much larger degree of physical presence by the French themselves.
The international system is generally considered to be anarchic and decentralized. Its most important unit for analysis is the state. However, almost all African conflicts cross international borders and have consequences far beyond the state in which they originate. In other words, African conflicts are transnational and regional. This phenomenon is key to understanding the security-political reality in Africa. The first section of Chapter 3 will be devoted to transnational processes related to African conflicts.
An example is the DRC (formerly Zaire) after the Cold War. The state’s control effectively ended some few hundred kilometers outside the capital, Kinshasa. The state was neither the sole nor the central harbinger of power (Bakke 2005; Dunn 2001, 52). Generally, international recognition based on preexisting colonial borders hinders domestic opposition, partly because uprisings cannot expect to gain international support, and partly because such recognition entails the principle of nonintervention.
African Security Politics Redefined by Karin Dokken (auth.)