African States from the Perspective of the English School: From Sovereignty Deficit to Regional Society


Ege Stratejik Araştırmalar Dergisi, vol.11, no.2, pp.22-35, 2020 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.18354/esam.698105
  • Title of Journal : Ege Stratejik Araştırmalar Dergisi
  • Page Numbers: pp.22-35


This article argues that the mainstream argument that sovereignty of African states has remained unfinished due to the difficulties they faced in domestic politics, should be reread by taking into consideration the cooperation of continental countries and the new model of sovereignty that moves from outside to inside. In this context, the thesis that the concepts such as state, sovereignty and intervention are handled outside of classical Westphalian understanding. It makes this claim by following the trail of the regional community formation in Africa, which we can see as an extension of the English School's international community understanding. The African states, which do not want to return to the old colonial days, choose to cooperate against foreign interventions and this tendency has created an unusual form of sovereignty in the long run, along with domestic liberalization.