Djibouti’s Foreign Policy in International Institutions: The Big Diplomacy of a Small State

  • Sonia Le Gouriellec
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Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)

Abstract

This chapter’s argument is that the international system allows the Djiboutian state to engage in a foreign policy strategy of “extraversion”—or the creation of intentional dependence on external actors—which allows it to balance its diplomatic activism with domestic priorities, while simultaneously diversifying its roles and positions of leadership in international organizations. In order to show the evolution of Djiboutian foreign policy broadly and towards IOs, contains three main sections. The first three sections detail the three phases in the evolution of Djibouti’s foreign policy outlooks, ranging from a dependence on France in the first, a move away from France and the adoption of a neutral foreign policy in the second, and finally, a concerted effort to fully diversify partners. The fourth section looks specifically at international institutions have figured into Djibouti’s foreign policy outlooks.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonia Le Gouriellec
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  1. 1.Institute for Strategic ResearchParisFrance

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