Africa turns to the East: Western domination called into question

The underside of a new South-South geostrategic turning point.

So, what is happening in West and Central Africa, and in particular in the former French colonies? The question is all the more relevant since, over the past three years, five “coups d’Etat” have been perpetrated in five countries, namely Sudan, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, in addition to the taking of power by the military in Gabon

The answer lies in the existence of the common factors that created conditions in which the military felt they could operate with relative impunity, and often with the support of a large part of the urban population, especially young people. frustrated. Indeed, in much of West and Central Africa, young citizens are largely disenchanted with the mainstream political class, even those who have been legitimately elected.

This disillusionment is fueled by a range of issues - a shortage of jobs for graduates, the perception of high levels of corruption and privilege within the elite, and resentment of the continued influence of former Western powers in the many African countries concerned today with freeing themselves and reclaiming their national resources and wealth.

Faced with these military uprisings, it seems that we are on the threshold of a vast geopolitical, geo-economic upheaval triggered by what seem to be the signs of new political changes succeeding a postcolonial Africa that has long been broken down.

These changes in the African political landscape are consecutive to the profound planetary geopolitical upheavals marked by the return of Russia, the emergence of China and India, as well as other countries as new players of weight on the scene. worldwide. Turning away from the colonial powers, some African leaders seem to be looking more and more towards the East, that is to say towards these three major Asian countries, plus Brazil and South Africa, which now constitute the famous BRICS.

At a time when our planet is subject to an unprecedented acceleration of political upheavals (Ukrainian War) and technological progress, to a globalization of phenomena and economic issues, it is for the African continent to bring insights into the future changes of these new strategic upheavals resulting from the rise of Asia.

In other words, Africa is at a crossroads. It is now at the heart of planetary geopolitical and geo-economics issues. Africa should consolidate its current economic gains and embark on the path of substantial economic integration in the face of the rise of major economic blocs in the world.

“Can Africa claim its place in the 21st century? ". It is a question of understanding why and how Africa is still a strategic issue/object in the new global politico-economic order and what are the opportunities that will allow it to reposition the world in relation to its own objective which remains to bring development to its inhabitants

Hence the need for the advent of a new generation of leaders, capable of meeting several challenges such as those of rebuilding the postcolonial state, promoting democracy and human rights, and establishing new conditions of peace and a guarantee of sustainable development.


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