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Distinguished Scholar Joshua Eisenman Conducts Interviews in Africa Summer ’18

Aug 24, 2018 |

This summer, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Joshua Eisenman and former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia David H. Shinn conducted dozens of interviews on China-Africa political and military relations with government officials, political party leaders, military leaders, journalists and academics in five African countries – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, and South Africa.

This research (pictured below) is for their second book, which examines all aspects of China’s ‘soft’ influence and ‘hard’ power including an examination of Beijing’s relations with African political parties, military diplomacy and cooperation, UN peacekeeping, maritime security and basing, and protecting Chinese nationals and interests. Their first book, “China and Africa: A Century of Engagement” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) was named one of the top three books about Africa by Foreign Affairs.

Michael Sun, Minister for Public Safety and a prominent political figure in the
Democratic Alliance (political opposition party), City of Johannesburg (Johannesburg)

Shinn and Eisenman interview Yacin Houssein Douale Director for Bilateral Relations Djibouti MFA
Interview with Yacin Houssein Douale, Director for Bilateral Relations, Djibouti Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Djibouti, Djibouti) 

Shinn and Eisenman with Genevieve Apaloo Director for Asian Affairs Ghanaian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Interview with Genevieve Apaloo, Director of Asian Affairs, Ghana Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Accra, Ghana)

Shinn Eisenman with China Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming
Interview with China’s Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming, (Windhoek, Namibia)

Shinn and Eisenman with Lloyd G. Adu Amoah Director Center for Asian Studies University of Ghana
Interview with Lloyd G. Adu Amoah, Director, Center for Asian Studies, University of Ghana (Accra, Ghana)