Punching Below their Weight? Anglo-French Cooperation in a Changing Africa

28 June 2010 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Chatham House, London


Tony Chafer, Professor of Contemporary French Area Studies, University of Portsmouth
Gordon Cumming, Cardiff University
Chair: François Gaulme, Agence Française de Développement



At Saint-Malo in December 1998 the British and French governments announced that they were putting an end to a century of rivalry in Africa and would henceforth harmonise their policies on Africa. Since 2007 Tony Chafer and Gordon Cumming have been undertaking a research project, funded by the British Academy, to evaluate the progress that has been made since 1998 in implementing the undertakings that were made at Saint-Malo.

The speakers will outline their project which assesses collaboration between France and Britain on African policy at several levels: direct government-to-government cooperation between Paris and London, cooperation at EU level, cooperation at the level of the UN, IMF, World Bank and other multilateral organisations, and finally, cooperation on the ground in Africa.

Read the speakers' report.