My current book manuscript, based on my dissertation project, examines China’s multilateral foreign policy in continental Africa, and seeks to theorize the power dynamics within these relations.
The book challenges traditional conceptualizations of power as understood from material (economic and military) perspectives. It argues that knowledge and technical skills transfers from Chinese experts to African trainees (peacekeepers, military officers, medical staff, journalists, etc.) via China’s investments in professionalization trainings serve as a vehicle for Chinese norms, values, and models (of governance, development, etc.) to be normalized and adopted.