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Dr Chris Alden|

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Laura Barber|

Programme Assistant



Africa International Affairs

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The LSE IDEAS Africa International Affairs Programme is designed to promote greater understanding of the extent to which the recent past in Africa has a particular importance, and relevance for contemporary domestic politics and economies, inter-state relations, and the continent's relationship with the wider world. It aims at assistance and support for historical and political theory research and its publication, as well as the promotion of young African academics. More »|


annual_fund_logo-BIG_150x150The LSE IDEAS Africa International Affairs Programme is grateful for indispensable support provided by the LSE Annual Fund.




China and Mozambique: From Comrades to Capitalists|

New Edited volume by Dr Chris Alden and Dr Sergio Chichava, "China and Mozambique drills down into the heart of a relationship whose growing depth and complexity exposes key themes that will affect Africa’s future development." More here. |

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SAIIA Special Report: Why Obama's Visit to Africa Matters|

US-Africa relations have changed considerably over the past 20 years. A perceived limited American policy focused on providing ‘poor’ Africans with aid and selfishly dealing with its own security issues, such as access to oil and fighting terrorism, has now evolved into a partnership that is substantially more than just that. Today it is a relationship that is crucial for both entities. President Barack Obama’s upcoming Africa visit (26 June to 3 July 2013) is yet another testament of how far America is willing to go to prove it. Read here.|


Xai-Xai Chinese rice farm and Mozambican internal political dynamics: A complex relation" by Dr Sergio Chichava|

LSE IDEAS Africa Fellow Dr Sergio Chichava, produces Occasional Paper 2. The Chinese commitment to support African countries in boosting agricultural development is, amongst others, one the main promises made by the Asian giant to Africa. Read here.|


 “Reconstructing Somalia and the Politics of Public Sector Finance” by Abdirazak Fartaag|

This policy briefing, Occasional Paper 1, based on a longer and more detailed study to be published, critically examines Somalia’s public sector finance and the efforts to reconstruct the state from the Transitional National Government (TNG) to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the post-transitional government arrangements. Read here.|

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2013 Kenyan Election Outlook - What will the Future Hold?|

A great article examining the possible outcomes of the Kenyan elections by Matshaba Mothiane, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). Mothiane tackles 'How are the 2013 elections different?' and 'Have the underlying grievances been addressed?' Read the piece here.|


AIAP Research Associate Ann-Mart Van Wyk of Monash South Africa, in collaboration with the Institute for Security Studies, recently organised an international conference entitled The Historical Dimensions of South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Program|. The conference program can be downloaded here|


Dr Chris Alden has written two chapters in a new book, edited by Chijioke Kelechi Iwuamadi, entitled 'China-Nigeria Relations: Searching for a New Beginning'. Co-published by the Centre of Democracy and Development (CDD), Abuja, and the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA), the book explores the economic and political dimensions of China's current engagement with Nigeria. 


The AIAP's Dr Chris Alden and Laura Barber recently presented a paper entitled 'China, Europe and Africa: Competition, Collaboration, or Convergence' at a workshop on EU-China Relations in a Globalised World|, which was co-organised by Kings College London and the College of Europe. 

Dr Chris Alden has written a chapter in a new book that focuses on the increased cooperation between Angola and China. China and Angola: A Marriage of Convenience?| shows that although relations with China might have bolstered regime stability of the Angolan government, China is not regarded as a long term strategic partner.

The Africa International Affairs Programme is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the new African Research Fellowship. For more information click here|.



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Forthcoming Events


 EVENT POSTPONED: South Sudan's Emerging Foreign Policy|

Speakers: H. E. Ambassador Sebit Alley and James Copnall
Chair: Dr Chris Alden

Thursday 25 October 2012, Wolfson Theatre, LSE, 6.30pm - 8.00pm


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