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. 2018. Contesting the international order by integrating it: the case of China’s Belt and Road initiative. Third World Quarterly, (online first). 

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

“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.

“Chinese Military Involvement in Africa and Its Implications” Carter Center Conference, Djibouti August 3-4, 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.

“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

University of California, Berkeley “Human Capital Investments in China-Africa Relations: Impacts and Perceptions” April 19, 2019.

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.