The relationship between France and her former African colonies has always remained a special one. Francophone African states still entertain tight political, economic, and monetary bonds with France. In addition, France has intervened in a number of African conflicts, such as Côte d'Ivoire or Mali.
The course traces the development of the "Françafriqe" from the colonial period/decolonization into our days. We will not only discuss the well-known instances of French interventionism but also shed some light on other - less-well studied but nevertheless important - cases of French influence like Gabon or the Central African Republic.
A basic knowledge of French is not a course requirement but will surely be an advantage.
Charbonneau, Bruno, and Tony Chafer. 2014. Peace Operations in the Francophone World: Global Governance Meets Post-Colonialism. London: Routledge.
Le Vine, Victor T. 2007. Politics in Francophone Africa. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
Smith, Stephen W. 2013. “France in Africa: A New Chapter?” Current history 112(754): 163–68.