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Libyan Pan-Africanism and Its Discontents

From: Slouching Towards Sirte


In Chapter Three, Forte focus on Pan-Africanism and the relationships between Gaddafi’s Libya and key African Leaders. Forte highlights how much of Gaddafi’s thinking followed in the tradition of pan-Africanist thinking and pushed for greater African integration through Libya’s extensive investment throughout Africa. Forte argues that AFRICOM’s and NATO’s interest in Africa was not just to seize natural resources and materials or to protect civilians, but instead to disrupt an emerging pattern of independence and a network of collaboration within Africa that would facilitate increased African self-reliance. Topics discussed include Gaddafi’s Green Book, Eurocentrism, Gaddafi’s relationship with Nelson Mandela and South Africa, Mandela and Gaddafi: Moral Pan-Africanism/Libya, Gaddafi, Libyan Aid and Investment in Africa, the formation of the African Union, and Anti-imperialism.



Maximilian C. Forte

Maximilian C. Forte is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. He teaches courses in the field of political anthropology dealing with “the new imperialism,” Indigenous resistance movements and philosophies, theories and histories of colonialism, and critiques of the mass media. Max is a founding member of Anthropologists for Justice and Peace. He writes regularly for the Zero Anthropology Project, CounterPunch, and was formerly a columnist for Al Jazeera Arabic.