By Malte Brosig (WITS)
The return of great power rivalry might be one of the defining elements of our time. During the many contemporary crises
such as Covid-19, the war against Ukraine or climate change, there is little common ground among great powers on how
to solve them. Instead, antagonism and polarisation are increasing, which puts multilateralism and the liberal order
under stress. While we are far away from a radical system change or breakdown, it is noticeable that a loosening of
traditional forms of global governance is underway. In these times of confrontation, how are African countries positioning themselves in the UN Security Council and General Assembly? Have their voting patterns shifted, reflecting great power rivalry, or have they been stable despite significant global shocks and crises?
This article was published in a report by the Italian Institute for International Policial Studies entitled “Is Africa Turning Against the West?”