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ZEI Regional Integration Observer No. 2011/02

The second edition of the Regional Integration Observer (RIO) in 2011

The second edition of the Regional Integration Observer (RIO) in 2011 is dedicated to the West African region as the geographic focus. Articles on the one hand deal with the role of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a regional security actor especially in the context of the conflict in Cote d´Ivoire, with the building-block concept of the African Union and its meaning for West Africa and with the objective of ECOWAS to transform itself into an ECOWAS of the people until 2020. On the other hand, contributions take a closer look at the relationship between ECOWAS and the francophone West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU/UEMOA) and furthermore analyze the problems of negotiating an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and West Africa. On the last page finally the current state of affairs in the framework of cooperation between the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) and the West Africa Institute (WAI) Praia, Cape Verde is presented.

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