My research agenda beyond the book project reflect my interests in South-South relations, security-development nexus, post-colonial theory, and post-western International Relations. Some of the projects I am excited to be working on include theorizing International Relations concepts from Global South perspectives, and extrapolating from my work on China-Africa to understand nonwestern perspectives on hegemony, development, and power relations.

Selected Publications:

Benabdallah, Lina. 2017. Explaining Attractiveness: Knowledge Production in China’s Policy for Africa. Journal or International Relations and Development, (online first)

Benabdallah, Lina. 2016. China’s Peace and Security Strategies in Africa: Building Capacity is Building Security? African Studies Quarterly, 16 (3) 17 – 34.

Benabdallah, Lina. 2016. Towards a Post-Western Global Governance? How Africa-China Relations (in)form China’s Practices. Emerging Powers Quarterly, 1 (1) 135-145.

Selected Conference Presentations

Benabdallah Lina. 2016. “The Belt and Road Initiative and the Making of China’s Grand Strategy?” APSA’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia September 1 – 4, 2016.

Benabdallah Lina and Obert Hodzi. 2016. “What peace to keep? A test to the economic development brings peace.” ISA’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA March 16 – 19, 2016

Benabdallah, Lina. 2015. “How Soft is Soft Power? Knowledge Diffusion in China-Africa Media Cooperation.” African Studies Association in San Diego, CA November 19-22, 2015

Invited Talks

Cornell University – Institute for African Development, “From Knowledge Transfers to Power Projection: The Impact of Professionalization Trainings on China-Africa Relations.” Ithaca, NY October 19 2017.

University of Wisconsin-Madison – Africa at Noon Series “Knowledge-Power nexus in China’s Foreign relations with African Nations.” Madison, September 2017.

Communication University of China, “Political Representation of Sino-Africa via Cartoons: a Comparative study of the Economist and China Daily Africa Weekly Political Cartoons”. Beijing, China June 13 2014.


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