Professor Chris Alden is Professor of International Relations at Department of International Relations, LSE, co-convenor of this course at the LSE-UCT July School and is internationally recognised as a leading scholar on the dynamic role of emerging powers in Africa. Amongst his publications are Emerging Powers in Africa (LSE-IDEAS 2013); The South in World Politics (Palgrave 2010); China Returns to Africa (Hurst 2008) and China in Africa (Zed 2007). He is currently involved in editing a book on BRICS and Africa and co-editing a set of country-specific monographs on China and Brazil in Southern Africa.
He has held fellowships at Cambridge University, Tokyo University, and Ecole Normale Superieure as well as won grants from DFID, the Open Society Institute and the MacArthur Foundation. He is Senior Research Associate of the Global Powers Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), a research associate of the University of Pretoria, review editor of IISS and director of the LSE-IDEAS Africa Programme. Dr Alden taught at Wits University for ten years, where he co-founded the continent’s first Asian studies research centre in 1992.
Dr Karen Smith is co-convenor of this course at the LSE-UCT July School and teaches International Relations at the University of Cape Town (UCT). From 2000 to 2010, she was based at the University of Stellenbosch. She is a research associate at the Institute of Global Dialogue, an associate editor of the journal International Political Sociology, and previously served as Secretary-General of the United Nations Association of South Africa.
Her current research interests include South Africa’s foreign policy, the emerging powers - especially India, new global governance groupings like IBSA and BRICS, Africa and International Relations theory, the changing world order, and friendship in international relations.
Sanusha Naidu is a foreign policy analyst. Currently she is based as senior research fellow at the Institute for Global Dialogue based at UNISA in Pretoria where she previously managed a project on South Africa’s international development diplomacy and cooperation, and she is also a Guest Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at UCT. Ms Naidu has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Staffordshire, United Kingdom.
She has an extensive publications record which includes two edited volumes on Africa-China relations: Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Africa and China.