No. 2: From Global Apartheid to Global Village / Nicolas van der Walle / Foreign Affairs, May/June 2010

Published in: Foreign Affairs, May/June 2010

From Global Apartheid to Global Village: Africa and the United Nations, edited by Adekeye Adebajo

The Adebajo collection's early chapters focus on the core institutions of the UN; a second section addresses its peacekeeping and human rights operations in the region; and a third, more sprawling section covers the Africa-focused activities of 12 different UN bodies.

Given their weakness domestically and internationally, African governments have traditionally turned to multilateral organizations more often than most other governments have. It is in the United Nations, which counts more member countries from Africa in the General Assembly (53) than from any other region, where these governments have pursued their most active diplomacy. As the large and sometimes unwieldy volume edited by Adebajo notes, much of the regional diplomacy against South African apartheid was coordinated through the UN, and a disproportionate share of UN organizations' activities, from development assistance to peacekeeping, concern Africa. The collection's early chapters focus on the core institutions of the UN; a second section addresses its peacekeeping and human rights operations in the region; and a third, more sprawling section covers the Africa-focused activities of 12 different UN bodies.

Nicolas van der Walle

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