From Roads to Routers: China, Africa, and International Security
In the 1950s, the Chinese arrived in Africa with little fanfare, yet by the 1970s they had achieved an active presence that was more pragmatic than revolutionary. China’s goals in Africa remain those of an aspiring world power. Today, as in the past, China skillfully uses its instruments of national power to shape events to gain lasting strategic influence on the continent. Join us for a lively discussion of all things Chinese in Africa, including the recent publication of the speaker’s newest book, Exploiting Africa: The Influence of Maoist China in Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania (Naval Institute Press, 2014). Learn about the history and the politics of the Chinese in Africa from an expert who had been studying the subject for more than a decade.