China-Africa Relations: Cooperation and Conflict

This course will be an introduction to the history of China's engagement with African countries from the Cold War to the present period. We will discuss the history of Chinese engagement, migration of Chinese to Africa/Africans to China, Neocolonialism, and how Chinese economic investments have restructured the global political economy of Africa. 

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This course seeks to challenge the narrative of China as a neocolonial power on the African continent and instead will focused on the nuanced engagement in individual countries. China is not a monolithic actor (entreprenuers, business people, firms, and the government) shape and impact China's policy towards African countries. The objective is to think critically and broadly about non-western political blocs and what this means for the international system. A range of issues will be discussed such as migrations, arms sales, oil politics, medical assistance, education exchanges, and colloboration in international institutions. This will be a broad introduction to Africa's engagement with China.

About the instructor:

Brian Luckett is a native of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. He completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science at Morgan State University a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Baltimore Maryland. While in the Political Science Department at Morgan State University he was awarded the 2011 Department Scholar award for his community activism and his senior research paper on Mass Incarceration of African-American males and disparities in death penalty sentences for Black males.

In 2013 Brian moved to Guangzhou China where he participated in the Ameson Foundation’s a year in China program where he taught oral English to middle school students. Guangzhou is known as China’s Little Africa. It was here that his international consciousness expanded as he built relationships with the local Chinese and African community.

His research interests included educational exchange in the context of China’s engagement with the African continent.

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