Emergents in the African Scenario: a South-South approach to Southeast Asia diplomatic and trade initiatives in the continent


  • Florencia Rubiolo




Abstract: The diplomatic ties between Africa and Southeast Asia (SEA) have historically been sporadic and erratic. The only country in the SEA that the first decades after independence maintained a relatively narrower link to some African countries was Indonesia. Today, trade has gained momentum, being South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria, the largest trading partners of ASEAN in Africa, thanks to the growth rates of emerging countries in both regions.This increasing trade relation has been accompanied by some political diplomatic initiatives such as the AASROC (Asian African Sub Regional Organizations Conference), the
NAASP (New Asian African Strategic Partnership) and the interregional approach between ASEAN and the African Union (may 2012). And, in the cases of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, there has also been a slight development in bilateral relations. From a South-South perspective, our aim in this paper is to discuss the density and possibilities of this bilateral and multilateral relation and what consequences might bring to Africa.

Keywords: Africa – Southeast Asia foreign policy – South South relations – diversification


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Biografia do Autor

Florencia Rubiolo

scientific researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina.
Professor of International Relations History at Córdoba Catholic University. PhD in International Relations
(2012) at Rosario National University (Argentina). Research interests include: Argentina’s and South America’s
relations with Southeast Asia, South-South cooperation, emergent interregionalism and Southeast Asia’s foreign
policy to Latin America. Co-edited two books on East Asia- Latin American relations. She has also written some
chapters in books and many articles in internationally refereed journals in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia,
Mexico, Indonesia and Poland.




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RUBIOLO, F. Emergents in the African Scenario: a South-South approach to Southeast Asia diplomatic and trade initiatives in the continent. Brazilian Journal of International Relations, Marília, SP, v. 5, n. 1, p. 8–33, 2016. DOI: 10.36311/2237-7743.2016.v5n1.03.p8. Disponível em: https://revistas.marilia.unesp.br/index.php/bjir/article/view/5940. Acesso em: 4 out. 2023.