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The future of AU-EU cooperation: Towards a new era?

2021 - current

2021 is a decisive year for AU-EU relations, not least for the planning of the sixth AU-EU Summit in Brussels. In early March 2020 the EU presented its document “Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa” that should pave the way towards a new partnership with the African continent. However, is this approach fit for a new era or does it still hang in old paradigms? The project’s main objective is to analyse this question for three pillars of the EU-AU relationship, that is institutional relations, development and inequalities, and peace and security. These thematic areas will be covered by three policy papers to be presented and discussed on the occasion of several events planned between October and December 2021.

The following research questions will guide the analysis:

1) How has the institutional relationship between the AU and EU in the respective policy field evolved historically?

2)  Are there structural asymmetries and inequalities in these practices? What are major fields of contestation between the AU and the EU?

3) What could a joint, inclusive, sustainable, and participatory approach look like?


Funding:  Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)