Date of Graduation

Fall 12-14-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)


College of Arts and Sciences


International Studies

First Advisor

Prof. Jeffrey Paller

Second Advisor

Prof. Brian Dowd-Uribe


Establishing a ‘United States of Africa’ to the average individual is deemed as a mythical idea in contemporary Africa, irrespective of the popularity of this idea several years ago. Today, the idea is idealized as overambitious – considering the balkanized state of the continent post-colonialization. Because of this, attempts made since then have favored enforcing regional integration over continental integration. Undeniably, this idea would not have come into being if it wasn’t for the concept of Pan-Africanism - which has for long guided the political and socio-economic policies created on the continent. The goal of this research is to explore the perceptions of Pan-Africanism on the continent tracing it from the past to the present conceptions. At the same time, this study aims to highlight efforts that have been made by the African Union - idolized to be a ‘renaissance of Pan-Africanism, towards continental integration. In turn analyzing whether continental integration will eventually occur – seeing as it is at the crux of the agendas laid out and encompassed in the philosophy.