RAS Lecture

The House of Roosevelt

CHINA AND AFRICA: PAST HISTORY AND CURRENT PROSPECTS

Guests: David H. Shinn and Joshua Eisenman

Convened in cooperation with China Crossroads, this talk will examine the complexity of China’s historical relationship with Africa, based on the book by the speakers China and Africa: A Century of Engagement. Topics discussed will include the history of China’s relations with the continent, looking back past the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, as well as the broad range of areas that define this relationship—politics, trade, investment, foreign aid, military, security, and culture—providing a significant historical backdrop for each. Also discussed will be prospects for the China-Africa relationship in light of its history.

David Shinn is former U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. His diplomatic career spanned 37 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, with assignments at embassies in Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Cameroon, and Sudan. Shinn advises the U.S. government on Horn of Africa related matters as well as Sino-African relations. He is an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He is the author of Hizmet in Africa: The Activities and Significance of the Gülen Movement (2015), and co-author of China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (2012) and the Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia (2004). He holds a PhD in political science from George Washington University.

Joshua Eisenman is Assistant Professor at the University of Texas’ LBJ School for Public Policy and Senior Fellow for China Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C. He has served as a policy analyst on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Eisenman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A. in international Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Eisenman is co-author of China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (2012), and his next book will be China Steps Out: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement toward the Developing World, to be published later this year.

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