Editorial from ROAPE Volume 22 Number 66
Imperialism in the Post-cold War Era
The inaugural editorial of this journal committed its editors to address ‘those issues concerned with the actions needed if Africa is to develop its potential’ . This engagement demands an analysis of the structural obstacles to autonomous development, and the realisation of Africa's full potential. If there is a common thread linking the various articles in this journal, it is identifying the central role which imperialism continues to play in stultifying African development. In the past we have had cause to remind our readers that the term, ‘has certainly not dropped out of popular discussion of the present state of Africa’ (ROAPE No. 38) ‘even though the topic has virtually disappeared from the pages of marxist journals’ . In focusing on imperialism in this way, we are not suggesting that imperialism is monolithic in complexion, or that it is always external to Africa. In our first editorial (1974), attention was drawn to the role of domestic class actors in sustaining imperialism; whilst Issue No. 2 (1975) pointed to the role of multinational corporations in reshaping Africa. Imperialism as a representation of the monopoly stage of capitalist development is in a constant state of flux, reflecting the current state of the globalisation of capital.