Date: Jan 06, 2020

About the book

Africa finds itself at the centrestage of world politics in the 21st century. To truly determine its rising influence and role in world affairs would mean unravelling the politics of imperialism, the Cold War and globalisation. Going beyond Euro-American perspectives, this book presents a comprehensive study of Africa and its role in world politics. The book closely examines the transition of Africa in its colonial and post-colonial phases. It investigates the continent’s relationships with former colonial powers such as Britain, France and Portugal, untangles complexities of French neo-colonialism and sheds light on the role of the superpower — such as the US and major and rising powers like China and India. The book also explores the intellectual history of modern Africa through liberation struggles, social movements, leaders and thinkers, and highlights complex and wide-ranging diversities of the region.

About the author

Rajen Harshé is the president at the G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. Former vice chancellor of the Central University of Allahabad, he has taught political science and international relations for more than four decades — at the University of Hyderabad and South Asian University in New Delhi, among others. Professor Harshé has written extensively on African and international affairs.


Amb. Ashok Sajjanhar, former Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia

Gulshan Dietl, ICSSR Senior Fellow, IDSA

Amb. H.H.S. Viswanathan, Distinguished Fellow, ORF


10:30 ‒ 11:00 a.m. | Registration

11:00 ‒ 11:10 a.m. | Opening remarks by chair | Amb. H.H.S. Viswanathan

11:10 ‒ 11:40 a.m. | Remarks by author | Rajen Harshé

11:40 a.m. ‒ 12:00 p.m. | Remarks by discussant | Amb. Ashok Sajjanhar

12:00 ‒ 12:20 p.m. | Remarks by discussant | Gulshan Dietl

12:20 ‒ 12:50 p.m. | Moderated Q&A

12:50 ‒ 1:00 p.m. | Closing remarks by chair

1:00 p.m. onwards | Lunch

Venue Address

Conference Hall, ORF New Delhi