International Relations Public Lecture:
Passive Agents? Bureaucratic Agency in Africa-China Negotiations – a case study of Benin
Speaker: Dr Folashadé Soule-Kohndou
Chair: Professor Chris Alden
Date: Friday 4 December 2015, 6.00-7.30pm
Venue: 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Room B.09
This lecture will expand upon cross-disciplinary research on the bureaucratic politics of negotiation by small states engaged in asymmetrical relations with larger states.
It will focus on the negotiation tactics and manoeuvres of bureaucratic actors of a small francophone African state, Benin, when negotiating infrastructure project contracts with China. It considers the period from 2003 to 2014, when China outpaced France (Benin’s former colony and traditional trade partner) as Benin’s largest trade partner.
Folashadé Soulé is a Research Associate at the CERI - Sciences Po Paris and has been a Post-Doctoral researcher at the LSE Department of International Relations since 2015.
Chris Alden is a Professor of International Relations and Co-Head of the LSE IDEAS Africa International Affairs programme at LSE.
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