International Lecture Series #2: Ambassador Shinn to speak on China in Africa

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Topic: China in AfricaAmb Shinn cropped

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Speaker: Ambassador David Shinn

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Cost: $15 CIR Members; $20 Non-members & Guests

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Location: The Forum – Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive

 

The People’s Republic of China once limited its involvement in African affairs to building showy stadiums plus an occasional railroad or port, supporting African liberation movements, and proclaiming socialist solidarity with the downtrodden of the continent. Now Chinese diplomats and Chinese companies, both state-owned and private, along with legions of Chinese workers, have spread throughout Africa. Ambassador Shinn and China scholar Joshua Eisenman have recently co-authored a book, China and Africa: A Century of Engagement, that presents a comprehensive view of the relationship between this powerful Asian nation and the countries of Africa.

David H. Shinn has been teaching in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University since 2001.  He previously served for 37 years in the U.S. Foreign Service with assignments at embassies in Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Cameroon, Sudan, and as ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.  He is the author of an Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia and has just completed the draft for a book on the Gülen [Turkish modernist Islamic] Movement in Africa.  He has written numerous articles about Africa for policy and academic journals and speaks on the topic around the world.  He has a Ph.D. in political science from the George Washington University.  He blogs at http://davidshinn.blogspot.com.

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