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The East African community in the past and the present: the issues of integration and the perspective for growth
Dolgov Kirill Dmitrievich

post-graduate, Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

123001, Russia, Moscow, Spiridonovka St., 30/1





The focus of attention is the East African Community (EAC). This economic association of East African countries today includes the following countries: Burundi, the Rwanda Republic, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan. The author makes an effort to outline the trends in the economical and political integration of the EAC member countries after they achieved state sovereignty. Accent is made on how intense these trends are on various stages of the evolution of EAC and its potential to achieve a political unity between its member states within the respective borders of a federal state. Basing on the principle of historism and employing the method of historical reconstruction the author outlines the main determinants of the integration processes in East Africa. The author also points out the factors that counteract the formation of a federation and the emergence of a new subject of International Law in this region. Employing said methods allowed the author to make a substantiated conclusion that the formation of a sovereign federal state, based on the existing regional economic alliance (EAC), is impeded by the recently-emerged and potential tribal and religious conflict in East African countries. Social, cultural and linguistical diversity and growing ambition of the heads of state and the political elites.

Keywords: South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, East African Community, Africa, Federal state, Economic integration



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