This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the changing dynamics in the relationship between the African continent and the EU, provided by leading experts in the field.

Structured into five parts, the handbook provides an incisive look at the past, present and potential futures of EU-Africa relations. The cutting-edge chapters cover themes like multilateralism, development assistance, institutions, gender equality and science and technology, among others. Thoroughly researched, this book provides original reflections from a diversity of conceptual and theoretical perspectives, from experts in Africa, Europe and beyond. The handbook thus offers rich and comprehensive analyses of contemporary global politics as manifested in Africa and Europe.

The Routledge Handbook of EU-Africa Relations will be an essential reference for scholars, students, researchers, policy makers and practitioners interested and working in a range of fields within the (sub)disciplines of African and EU studies, European politics and international studies.

The Routledge Handbook of EU-Africa Relations is part of the mini-series Europe in the World Handbooks examining EU-regional relations and established by Professor Wei Shen.

chapter |6 pages


part I|44 pages

Theorising Africa-EU relations through history

chapter |5 pages

Introduction to Part I

chapter 1|12 pages

International Relations theory

Comparative reflections on EU-Africa relations

part II|8 pages

Evolving governance in EU-Africa relations

chapter 4|11 pages

From the Treaty of Rome to Cotonou

Continuity and change in the governance of EU-Africa relations

chapter 5|10 pages

Foreign policy and EU-Africa relations

From the European Security Strategy to the EU Global Strategy

part III|13 pages

Issues in EU-Africa relations

chapter 10|15 pages

EU development cooperation with Africa

The Holy Grail of coordination

chapter 13|14 pages

Regional integration

chapter 16|9 pages

Africa-Europe science, technology and innovation cooperation

Trends, challenges and opportunities

part IV|60 pages

External actors in Africa’s international politics and the Africa-European Union relationship

chapter 17|15 pages

Inter-organisational cooperation in flux?

Impact of resources and state interests in the cooperation between the European Union, United Nations and African Union

chapter 18|10 pages

The China effect

African agency, derivative power and renegotiation of EU-Africa relations

chapter 20|11 pages

Toward a post-Westphalian turn in Africa-EU studies?

Non-state actors and sustainable development

part V|7 pages

Opportunities to cooperate on new global challenges

chapter 21|13 pages

Migration and the Mediterranean Sea

A maritime bridge between the EU and Africa

chapter 25|9 pages

Gendering cooperation

chapter |5 pages