China's Involvement in Africa
In partnership with UCF Global Perspectives Office, Atlantic Lecture Series hosted Ambassador David Shinn on Thursday, January 19th, 2017. Amb. Shinn presented the evolution in recent years of growing China-Africa relations, 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.
Sponsors: UCF Global Perspectives Office, Atlantic Institute, Lester N. Mandell Endowed Distinguished Lecture Series, Orlando Area Committee on Foreign Relations, the UCF China-Taiwan Cross-Strait Program and the Global Connections Foundation
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)