Alden, Christopher

Professor Christopher Alden  


Position held

Professor in International Relations


Co-Head of the Africa International Affairs programme


Experience keywords:

South Africa; Southern Africa; foreign policy analysis; post-conflict peace building; south-south relations

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post-conflict peace building; war and political violence; post-conflict peace building; state formation & nation-building; foreign policy of states in transition; foreign & defence policy; foreign policy of states in transition; political economy of transition; south-south relations; political economy of development

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Africa; South Africa; Southern Africa; Zimbabwe

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7386



Alden, C. and Alao, A. and Chun, Z. and Barber, L., eds (2017) China and Africa: building peace and security cooperation on the continent Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland. ISBN 9783319528922

Alden, Christopher and Alves, Ana Cristina (2017) China’s regional forum diplomacy in the developing world: socialisation and the ‘Sinosphere' Journal of Contemporary China, 26 (103). 151-165. ISSN 1067-0564

Alden, Chris (2017) Critiques of the rational actor model and foreign policy decision making In: Thompson, William R. and Capelos, Tereza, (eds.) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford Research Encyclopedia. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780190228637

Alden, Chris and Chichava, Sérgio and Alves, Ana Christina, eds (2017) Mozambique and Brazil: forging new partnerships or developing dependency? Jacana Media, Johannesburg, South Africa. ISBN 9781431425198


Alden, Chris and Wu, Yu-Shan (2016) South African foreign policy and China: converging visions, competing interests, contested identities Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 54 (2). 203-231. ISSN 1466-2043


Alden, Christopher and Schoeman, Maxi (2015) Reconstructing South African identity through global summitry Global Summitry, 1 (2). 187-204. ISSN 2058-7430

Alden, Christopher and Large, Dan (2015) On becoming a norms maker: Chinese foreign policy, norms evolution and the challenges of security in Africa China Quarterly, 221. 123-142. ISSN 0305-7410


Alden, Christopher and Schoeman, Maxi (2014) South Africa’s symbolic hegemony in Africa International Politics, 52 (2). 239-254. ISSN 1384-5748


Alden, Christopher and Park, Yoon Jung (2013) Upstairs and downstairs dimensions of China and the Chinese in South Africa In: Pillay, U. and Jansen, Jeroen P. and Nyamnjoh, F. and Hagg, G., (eds.) State of the nation: South Africa 2012-2013. HSRC, Pretoria, Zimbabwe.

Alden, Christopher and Schoeman, Maxi (2013) South Africa in the company of giants: the search for leadership in a transforming global order International Affairs, 89 (1). 111-129. ISSN 0020-5850

Alden, Christopher (2013) China and the long march into African agriculture Cahiers Agricultures, 22 (1). 16-21.


Alden, Christopher (2012) China and Africa: the relationship matures Strategic Analysis, 36 (5). 701-707. ISSN 0970-0161

Alden, Christopher (2012) Africa and China: Will Africa be affected by the slowdown in China’s economic growth? Africa at LSE (17 Jan 2012) Blog entry

Alden, Christopher and Clerx, Faten Aggard (2012) Chinese investment in North Africa should be viewed as an opportunity not a threat Africa at LSE (10 Dec 2012) Blog entry

Alden, Christopher (2012) Africa and China: How it all began Africa at LSE (9 Jan 2012) Blog entry

Alden, Christopher (2012) China and Africa: a distant mirror of Latin America Colombia Internacional, 75. 19-47. ISSN 0121-5612

Alden, Christopher and Aran, Amnon (2012) Foreign policy analysis: new approaches Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415427982


Alden, Christopher and Large, Dan (2011) China's exceptionalism and the challenges of delivering difference in Africa Journal of Contemporary China, 20 (68). 21-38. ISSN 1067-0564

Vieira, Marco Antonio and Alden, Christopher (2011) India, Brazil, and South Africa (IBSA): South-South cooperation and the paradox of regional leadership Global Governance, 17 (4). 507-528. ISSN 1075-2846


Alden, Christopher and Khalfa, Jean and Park, Yoon Jung (2010) La Chine en Afrique Les Temps Modernes (657). 23-27. ISSN 0040-3075

Alden, Christopher and Alves, Ana Christina (2010) La Chine et les ressources naturelles de l'afrique Les Temps Modernes (657). 28-51. ISSN 0040-3075

Alden, Christopher (2010) Resurgent continent?: Africa and the world: emerging powers and Africa IDEAS reports - strategic updates, Kitchen, Nicholas, ed LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Alden, Christopher and Le Pere, Garth (2010) Strategic Posture Review: South Africa Strategic Posture Review, World Politics Review.

Alden, Chris (2010) ‘A pariah in our midst’: regional organisations and the problematic of Western-designated pariah regimes – the cases of SADC/Zimbabwe and ASEAN/Myanmar Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 2, Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Alden, Christopher and Morphet, Sally and Vieira, Marco Antonio (2010) The South in world politics Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9781403933171

Onslow, Sue and Jerven, Morten and Shepherd, Ben and Alden, Christopher and Vines, Alex and Chitiyo, Knox (2010) Resurgent continent?: Africa and the world IDEAS reports - strategic updates, Kitchen, Nicholas, ed LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Anseeuw, Ward and Alden, Christopher (2010) Land, liberation and compromise in Southern Africa International Affairs at LSE (11 Oct 2010) Blog entry

Anseeuw, Ward and Alden, Christopher, eds (2010) The struggle over land in Africa: conflicts, politics & change HSRC Press, Pretoria, South Africa. ISBN 9780796923226

Alden, Christopher (2009) Las nuevas relaciones de China con Africa In: Paz, Guadalupe and Roett, Riordan, (eds.) La Presencia De China En El Himesferio Occidental. Libros del Zorzal, Buenos Aires, 263-290. ISBN 9789875991194

Alden, Chris and Hughes, Christopher R. (2009) Harmony and discord in China’s Africa strategy: some implications for foreign policy China Quarterly, 199. 563-584. ISSN 0305-7410

Garth, Le Pere and Alden, Christopher (2009) South Africa in Africa: bound to lead? Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, 36 (1). 145-169. ISSN 0258-9346

Alden, Christopher and Anseeuw, Ward (2009) Land, liberation and compromise in Southern Africa Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230230842

Alden, Christopher and Sidiropoulos, Elizabeth (2009) Africa-China-EU cooperation in Africa: prospects and pitfalls Policy Notes, 2009 (11). 1-5. ISSN 1654-6695


Alden, Christopher (2008) Delineando il futuro della Cina in Africa Afriche e Orienti, 2008 (2). 5-14. ISSN 1592-6753

Alden, Christopher and Large, Dan and Soares de Oliveira, Ricardo (2008) Chine-Afrique: facteur et résultante de la dynamique mondiale Afrique Contemporaine, 228 (4). 119-133. ISSN 0002-0478

Alden, Christopher and Large, Daniel and Soares de Oliveira, Ricardo, eds (2008) China returns to Africa: a rising power and a continent embrace Columbia University Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9780231700986

Alden, Christopher and Alves, Ana Cristina (2008) History and identity in the construction of China's Africa policy Review of African Political Economy, 35 (115). 43-58. ISSN 0305-6244


Alden, Christopher (2007) China in Africa Zed Books, London, UK. ISBN 9781842778647

Porto, João Gomes and Parsons, Imogen and Alden, Chris (2007) From soldiers to citizens: the social, economic and political reintegration of Unita ex-combatants ISS Monograph series, The Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, South Africa.

Alden, Christopher (2007) China in Africa Zed Books, London, UK. ISBN 9781842778630


Alden, Christopher and Smith, Karen E. (2005) Strengthening democratic structures and processes in Africa: a commentary on the role of the European Union. In: Os Desafios das Relações Europa-África: Uma Agenda de Prioridades (The Challenges of Europe-Africa Relations: An Agenda of Priorities), 23-24 October 2003, Lisbon, Portugal


Alden, Christopher and Hirano, K, eds (2003) Distant mirror: Japan and South Africa in a globalising world Ashgate, Aldershot, UK. ISBN 0754618269

Alden, Christopher and Martin, G, eds (2003) France and South Africa : towards a new engagement with Africa Protea Press, Johannesburg, SA. ISBN 1869190025

Alden, Christopher and Khalfa, Jean (2003) Afrique du sud: dix ans après Les Temps Modernes, 623. ISSN 0040-3075

Alden, Christopher (2003) Let them eat cyberspace: Africa, the G8 and the digital divide Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 32 (3). 457-476. ISSN 0305-8298

Alden, Christopher and le Pere, G. (2003) South Africa's post-apartheid foreign policy: from reconciliation to renewal? Adelphi paper, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, UK.


Alden, Christopher (2002) The chrysanthemum and the protea: reinventing Japanese-South African relations after apartheid African Affairs, 101 (404). 365-386. ISSN 0001-9909

Alden, Christopher (2002) Making old soldiers fade away: lessons from the reintegration of demobilised soldiers in Mozambique Security Dialogue, 33 (3). 341-356. ISSN 0967-0106


Alden, Christopher (2001) Mozambique: a success story in crisis Global Insight (10). 1-4. ISSN 1607-2375

Alden, Christopher (2001) Mozambique and the construction of the new African State: from negotiations to nation building Palgrave, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 0312235941

Alden, Christopher (2001) South Africa and regional crises in SADC: the fable of the elephant and the mouse Northwestern Journal of International Affairs, 3 (Summer). 5-19.

Alden, Christopher (2001) Solving South Africa's Chinese puzzle: democratic foreign policy making and the "two Chinas" question In: Broderick, Jim and Burford, Gary and Freer, Gordon and Pahad, Aziz, (eds.) South Africa's Foreign Policy: Dilemmas of a New Democracy. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 119-138. ISBN 9780333734032


Alden, Christopher (2000) From neglect to 'virtual engagement': the United States and its new paradigm for Africa African Affairs, 99 (396). 355-371. ISSN 0001-9909


Alden, Christopher and Khalfa, Jean (1999) La transición sudafricana Letras Libres, 1 (8). 110-112. ISSN 1578-4312


Alden, Christopher (1998) The United Nations, elections and the resolution of conflict in Mozambique In: Chan, Stephen and Venâncio, Moisés, (eds.) War and Peace in Mozambique, 1984-1994. Palgrave Macmillan, 67-97. ISBN 9780312216634

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