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WAI-ZEI Paper No. 21

Ludger Kühnhardt, World War I: Lessons Learned and Lessons Threatened

WAI-ZEI Paper No. 21

In WAI-ZEI Paper No. 21, Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt takes a look at different European concepts of state order from the „Westphalian System“, to the „Balance of Power“, collective security and „Region-Building“, and puts them into historical perspective. Those concepts have been challenged time and again by other approaches like nationalism, imperalism and not the least totalitarism. Particularly the imperial approach has influenced the Africa policy of European nation states. However, Europe and Africa have now entered the age of „Region-Building“. Africa is try to follow the European approach of regional integration and is support by Europe. Major components of this approach are individual freedom, democracy, rule of law, cooperation and economic development. While Europe and Africa have gone through a learning process after the end of colonialism, the lessons they have learned still remain threatened from the author´s point of view by the concept of imperial zones of influence, which is nowadays mainly represented by Russia.


 

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