Blair's Africa: The Politics of Securitization and Fear

Rita Abrahamsen

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Prime Minister Tony Blair has described Africa as a “scar on the conscience of the world.” This article argues that New Labour's increasing attention to Africa is part of an ongoing securitization of the continent; interactions with Africa are gradually shifting from the category of “development/humanitarianism” toward a category of “risk/fear/threat” in the context of the “war on terrorism.” The securitization of Africa has helped legitimize this “war on terrorism,” but has very little to offer for Africa's development problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-80
Number of pages26
Issue number55-80
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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