Evolution of China-Africa Relations
Atlantic Luncheon Series hosted Ambassador David Shinn on Thursday, April 14th, 2016. He presented the evolution in recent years of growing China-Africa relations. He looks at China's interests in Africa (both North and Sub-Saharan) followed by a discussion of diplomatic ties, trade, aid, investment, soft power, and security issues. He concludes with the challenges facing China in Africa and is prepared to take questions on any aspect of the China-Africa relationship.
Ambassador Shinn received his BA (1963), MA (1964), and PhD (1980) from George Washington University. He has a certificate in African studies from Northwestern University. He served for thirty-seven years in the US Foreign Service with assignments at embassies in Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Cameroon, Sudan and as ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. He has been teaching in the Elliott School since 2001 and serves on a number of boards of nongovernmental organizations.
An expert on the Horn of Africa, Dr. Shinn speaks at events around the world. He is the coauthor of China and Africa: A Century of Engagement, the Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia, and has authored numerous articles and book chapters. His research interests include China-Africa relations, East Africa and the Horn, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, conflict situations, U.S. policy in Africa, and the African brain drain. His most recent book is entitled Hizmet in Africa: The Activities and Significance of the Gülen Movement (Tsehai Publishers 2015)