Peer-Reviewed Publications

Benabdallah, Lina. Spanning Thousands of Miles and Years: Political Nostalgia and China’s Revival of the Silk Road, International Studies Quarterly, (2020) Online first

Benabdallah, Lina. Contesting the international order by integrating it: the case of China’s Belt and Road initiative. Third World Quarterly, (2019) 40 (1): 92-108.

Benabdallah, Lina. Explaining Attractiveness: Knowledge Production in China’s Policy for Africa. Journal or International Relations and Development, (2019) 22 (2): 495–514.

Benabdallah, Lina. “A Comparative Insight into China-Arab States and China-Africa Relations,” South Africa Journal for International Affairs Policy Insight 67 (2019).

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.

Book Chapters

(with Daniel Large) China and African Security in New Directions in the Study of Africa and China, edited by Chris Alden and Daniel Large pp 312-327. Routledge, 2019

Global South Perspectives in International Relations Theory: A Practical Introduction, edited by Stephen McGlinchey and Rosie Walters. December 2017

Other Publications

(with Daniel Large) “Development, Security, and China’s Evolving Role in Mali,” Working Paper No. 2020/40. SAIS CARI, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC. Link.

“On Tocqueville in Algeria and Epistemic Violence” Al Jazeera. July 7, 2020. Link here.

 “Spite Won’t Beat China in Africa” Foreign Policy. January 23, 2019. Available here.

(with Winslow Robertson) “Xi Jinping pledged $60 billion for Africa. Where will the money go? Washington Post. September 17, 2018. Available here.  

 (with Deborah Brautigam and Janet Eom) “The Path Ahead: The 7th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation” SAIS-CARI Briefing paper N 1 August 2018. Available here

 “China-Africa military ties have deepened. Here are 4 things to know” Washington Post. July 6, 2018. Available here

Selected Conference Presentations

(with Ilaria Carrozza)”Knowledge Production and Hegemony from within the Global South” Millennium Conference October 22-24, 2020.

“On China’s Quest for Status: Peacekeeping Trainings for African Officers” Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association (APSA) in Boston, August 30 – September 2, 2018.

“Security, Power, and Time” International Studies Association in San Francisco, CA April 3-7, 2018.

“Power to the Guanxi: China’s relational Productive Power” European International Studies Association Conference (E-ISA) in Barcelona September 12-17, 2017.

“Discursive Representations in China-Africa Relations” International Studies Association (ISA) in Baltimore, MD on February 25, 2017.

“The Belt and Road Initiative and the Making of China’s Grand Strategy?” Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association (APSA) in Philadelphia September 1 – 4, 2016.


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