China and Africa: building peace and security on the continent

Hosted by LSE Global South Unit & LSE Ideas

NAB1.15, New Academic Building,


Prof Abiodun Alao

Dr Zhang Chun

Dr Laura Barber


Prof Chris Alden

Co-director of the Global South Unit

Join us for a discussion panel with Prof Chris Alden, Dr Laura Barber, Prof Abiodun Alao and Dr Zhang Chun, co-editors and co-authors of the book China and Africa: building peace and security on the continent.

China and Africa: building peace and security on the continent is the first comprehensive and detailed study of the growing security links between China and the African continent. It investigates how China’s links with Africa’s continental and regional organizations, especially the African Union, connect with security links the PRC has developed with key African countries.

Drawing on leading and emerging scholars in the field, the volume uses a combination of analytical insights and case studies to unpack the complexity of security challenges confronting China and the continent. The book assesses an array of case studies of China’s involvement in country-specific Africa security contexts, and interrogates how security considerations impact upon the growing economic and social links China has developed with African states.

About the panel

Prof Chris Alden, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Has published widely on China-Africa issues and is a research associate of the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) and Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria.

Prof Abiodun Alao, African Leadership Centre, School of Global Affairs, King’s College London, has published extensively on African studies. He is also holds Visiting Professorship position at the Nigerian Defence Academy.

Dr Zhang Chun, Deputy Director, Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, China, has published widely on China-Africa relations, African peace and security, international theory, and China's foreign policy; and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of 2 Journals namely Global Review (in Chinese) and China Quarterly of International Strategic Studies (CQISS) (in English).

Dr Laura Barber political risk analyst based in London, previously of the LSE. She specialises in in Chinese foreign policy towards Africa with a particular focus on China-Sudan and South Sudan relations.  


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