Peer-Reviewed Publications

(with Ilaria Carrozza) “South-South Knowledge Production and Hegemony: Searching for Africa in Chinese IR Theories” International Studies Review (accepted, forthcoming).

Benabdallah, Lina. 2021. “Spanning Thousands of Miles and Years: Political Nostalgia and China’s Revival of the Silk Road.” International Studies Quarterly 65 (2): 294–305.

Benabdallah, Lina. 2020. “Power or Influence? Making Sense of China’s Evolving Party-to-Party Diplomacy in Africa,” African Studies Quarterly 19 (3-4): 95–119. 

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

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

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

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

“Frozen in Time: China Algeria Relations from Socialist Friendship to Pandemic Opportunism” in The Routledge Handbook of China MENA Relations edited by Jonathan Fulton. New York: Routledge, 2022 pp 192 – 204. 

(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

“China’s Soft-Power Advantage in Africa” Beijing Isn’t Just Building Roads—It’s Making Friends” Foreign Affairs, December 2021. Link here.

(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 here.

“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

“Of Houses, Silos, and Otherhoods: Excavating Hierarchies within Global South IR Schools” Millennium Conference, October 2021.

“What’s in a Gift? Theorizing Generosity as Diplomacy in Global South Relations International Studies Association Annual Meeting, April 6, 2021. 

(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.

“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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