China in Africa – the Debate Revisited

ASIA FORUM with Dr. Henning Melber

China in Africa – the Debate Revisited

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 10:00 – 11:30

China’s role in Sub-Saharan Africa has been discussed since the turn of the century. Stereotyped perceptions have, at least to some extent, been substituted by more nuanced analyses. These are based on further comparative and empirical insights with regard to the ongoing processes of a new multi-polarity in international relations, in which external actors of so-called emerging economies in competition with the long established global powers seek to benefit from the continent’s resources. This lecture summarizes the debate. It also draws attention to the role of African states and governments in the process of their interaction with extra-territorial players.

Dr. Henning Melber is Executive Director of The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. He was Research Director at The Nordic Africa Institute (2000-2006) and Director of The Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) in Windhoek (1992-2000) and is a Research Fellow at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. He holds a PhD in Political Sciences and a Habilitation in Development Studies, is co-editor of the “Africa Yearbook” and managing co-editor of “Africa Spectrum”, and the Swedish member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).

Location: ISDP, Västra Finnbodavägen 2, Stockholm-Nacka. For a map and directions, please go here.

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