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"The Dragon's Gift: Myths and Realities of Chinese Engagement in Africa" - Professor Deborah Brautigam, American University

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What is China really doing in Africa? How do they do it, and what does the rise of China mean for Africa's development options? Professor Brautigam examines the conventional wisdom and the surprising realities of China in Africa.

Professor Brautigam teaches in the International Development Program at American University, where she is an advisor for the concentrations in development policy, and in governance and democracy.  She is the author of The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2009), Chinese Aid and African Development: Exporting Green Revolution (St. Martin's Press, 1998) and Aid Dependence and Governance (Almquist & Wiksell, 2000), co-editor of Taxation and State-Building in Developing Countries: Capacity and Consent (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and some two dozen articles and book chapters on foreign aid, the political economy of development, and the politics of economic policy. Her research has been published widely and she has also held faculty appointments at Columbia University and Silpakorn University, and has also been a visiting fellow at universities in Monrovia, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, and Bergen, Norway. She has served as a consultant for the United Nations, the World Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, and various Sub-Saharan African countries. Professor Brautigam has been a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Regional Research Award for Africa, and a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Grant, and has also been awarded fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the German Marshall Fund.  She holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and received her MALD and PhD from Tufts University.

This talk is sponsored by the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program of the Woodrow Wilson School whose mission is to encourage research on China’s foreign relations and China within the international relations context.

Co-sponsored with the East Asian Studies Program.

Audience: Open to the public

Location: Robertson Hall, Bowl 2

Date/Time: 11/11/10 at 4:30 pm - 11/11/10 at 6:00 pm

Category: CWP

Department: CWP