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Zoe Marks

Lecturer in Public Policy

Africa is the world’s most youthful continent and by the end of this century its 54 countries will be home to one in three people on Earth. This course examines global politics through the prism of Africa’s national and regional dynamics. We first grapple with the African origins of the international system through slavery, colonialism, and the emancipatory movements that followed. We then trace the push and pull of global and local democratization, development, conflict, and regionalism in the post-independence era. Finally, we explore contemporary politics – including violence, migration, South-South collaboration, Chinese intervention, social movements, and more – to understand how African visions of Africa’s future can shape policymaking on the continent and beyond.