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From Oil Interests to Multilateral Activism: China’s Role in Africa’s Security Order

  • Susann Handke (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Wednesday 7 June 2017
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Room 348


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About the lecture

China’s role in global governance is changing. This lecture assesses China’s increasing engagement in Africa’s security architecture. Recent developments in South Sudan are central to this process. The political economy of Chinese oil interests in Sudan/South Sudan resulted in a gradual reconstruction of the Chinese foreign policy principle of non-interference in domestic affairs, both in the Chinese scholarly discourse and in practice. The new reading permits military involvement abroad. The lecture discusses how these developments are related to the institutionalisation of China’s security relations with Africa. Three issues are highlighted. First, the lecture shows how domestic political interests are interwoven with China’s actions abroad. Second, it provides an overview of the Chinese scholarly discourse on the non-interference principle. Third, by summarising China’s security-related activities in Africa the lecture introduces to some practical consequences of the reconstructed non-interference principle. The findings that are presented in this lecture are particularly relevant for understanding China’s evolving approach to international conflict situations.  

About the speaker

Susann Handke is an international lawyer and sinologist. Previously, she conducted research on China’s energy policy at the Clingendael International Energy Programme, The Hague. Currently, she is an external PhD candidate at the Department International and EU Law, Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam, and a research associate at the International Institute of Asian Studies, Centre for Regulation and Governance, Leiden. Her research interests centre on two topics – regulating decarbonisation at the international and domestic levels and China’s role in global governance.

About the seminars

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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