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Afro-Iranian contemporary world order

Iran and Africa strengthen ties as Iran builds an alliance network outside of the West and Africa looks to a potentially more sympathetic development partner.

Quoting a Consultancy Africa Intelligence report, SA Node writes, "African leaders’ reception of anti-Western (Iranian) influence is likely to be mixed due to their varied sentiments towards the West. The economic rewards of Afro-Iranian cooperation would, however, be welcome in Africa and could be the leading incentive for African leaders to cooperate with Iran. Due to their mutual incentive for cooperation plus opportunity, the motive exists for Iran to partner with African states. Mutual incentives for partnership partly stem from the ideological narratives of Africa and Iran, which posses some measure of similarity and could serve as the basis for achieving shared goals. Because the US and Europe have yet to fully meet Africa’s developmental needs, Iran’s strategy in contending for influence could realise Afro-Iranian cooperation, in the hope that Iran is more successful than the US or Europe has been in this regard. Iran’s relations with Africa have already become evident, with the adoption of Iran as an observer AU member. This inclusion reveals Africa’s willingness to cooperate with Iran on both political and economic levels. The prioritization afforded to Iran through this, is an indication of prospects for deeper partnership in the future."

Implications:

While it's not quite clear how Iran can beat out the US and Europe as a preferred development partner due to the sheer difference in economic strength, there is something to say about the potential for a new world order. While Iran ignoring the western capitalist model may not throw a major wrench into the world system, if more countries decide to do the same it could have larger effects. Zimbabwe is another example.

For Africa as a whole, the big question which remains to be answered is whether having Iran as a hegemon will be better then any other country.

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Sources:

Consultancy Africa Intelligence report:
http://tinyurl.com/37e4yr3

South Africa Node, October 2010:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SA-Node_Oct2010.pdf