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Politics of New Interventionism and Non-Interference in Africa

25 September 2013 (16:00-18:00)

The School of International Studies is pleased to invite you to the following research seminar by our distinguished guest, Dr Xiao Yuhua, Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University.

About the seminar

Contemporary international relations in Africa are being played out by increasingly diverse stakeholders. For African and non-African actors, the choice of interventionism over non-interference, or vice versa, have become an important polarizing factor in the making of the present and future landscape of African international relations. This paper analyzes the history of interventionism and non-interference in Africa and what new circumstances have emerged for their transformation. Second, the paper will focus on how African, Western and emerging actors perceive and apply such policies in the struggle for agency, ownership and interests. In the third part, the paper will explore possible ways to create synergies despite conflicting ideas and interests.

Speaker biography

Dr Xiao Yuhua is currently a research associate with the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua, China. His research interest includes African politics and history, and Sino-African relations. He has worked on various African countries including Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda and was based in the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia in 2012, as a visiting scholar. His recent English publications include: Chinese perceptions of African CSOs: how should African CSOs engage China? (2010), in Axel Harneit-Sievers, Stephen Marks and Sanusha Naidu (eds.), Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa, and A Case of Mistaken Identity: 'China Inc.' and its 'Imperialism' in Sub-Saharan Africa (2009), in Asian Politics and Policy.