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.