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And other great powers. This is expressed in both words and actions. In July 2003, President Bush visited Africa (Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Nigeria), the first sitting Republican president to do so. Before his departure, the president stated that “many African countries have the will to fight the war on terror . . we will give them to [sic] the tools and the resources to win [this] war” (cited in Nwazota 2003). The administration has also focused on increased aid and access to trade.
The pessimists feared that the removal of one set of problems for Africa would only make room for another. -Soviet competition and rivalry in Africa had only been superficial and that the departure of superpowers from the African scene would not have a decisive effect on the political development of the African states (Somerville 2000, 135). The end of the Cold War has not dissolved the many structural obstacles hindering greater democracy on the continent. In fact, the end of the Cold War has released forces or uncovered power struggles or undemocratic forces that the Cold War held in check.
He bases this on the theory of Thomas Hobbes, who said that human beings by nature are conflict oriented. Classical realists transfer this human quality directly to the political system. 22 AFRICAN SECURITY POLITICS REDEFINED According to classical realists, there are three fundamental aspects of the international system. First, it is anarchical, that is, it is characterized by the absence of a superior authority or international government. It is also anarchical in the sense that it lacks a set of common norms to guide its behavior.
African Security Politics Redefined by Karin Dokken (auth.)