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Black Africa and the Nasser-Gaddafi Neo-Colonial Phenomenon: A Historical Analysis of the Dynamics of Black Africa-Arab Relations

Nwankwo T. Nwaezeigwe

Article Number - 604F45147C6AA  | Vol. 2(1), pp. 1-14., March 2021  | 
 Received: 12 December 2020 |  Accepted: 12 February 2021  |   Published: 31 March 2021

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There is no doubt that Egypt under Gamal Abdel Nasser was the precursor of modern Arab diplomacy in Black Africa. In other words, what became known in the 1970s and beyond as the Arab-Sub-Saharan Africa policy stemmed from the official Egypt’s Africa policy of the 1950s and to some extent the 1960s. Thus, it is impossible to speak of an Arab-Africa foreign policy without reference to Egypt. Egypt thus, could be described as the diplomatic bridge through which modern Arab diplomacy crossed to the Black Continent. The demise of Abdel Nasser in 1969 and the subsequent emergence of the Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi heralded what could be seen as a continuum of the same Nasserist Arab imperial tendency in Black Africa. Seen in this light it becomes germane to place the present study in four periodic phases: the Egyptian phase, which runs from 1952 to the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963; the era of containment, which began from 1963 to the six-day war of 1967; the Arab phase which extends from 1967 onwards, but which, in respect of the present study, terminates in 1993, and the Gaddafi continuum which ended with his demise in 2011.


Keywords: Arab neo-colonialism, Black Africa, Abdel Gamal Nasser, Muammar Gadaffi, Middle East conflict.




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Nwankwo T. Nwaezeigwe

Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. E-mail: [email protected]


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Nwaezeigwe, N. T. (2021). Black Africa and the Nasser-Gaddafi Neo-Colonial Phenomenon: A Historical Analysis of the Dynamics of Black Africa-Arab Relations. Archives of Political Science Research, 2(1): 1-14.


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