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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host the 4th annual CARI conference, “Matters of State: Politics, Governance, and Agency in China-Africa Engagement,” on Thursday, April 19-Friday, April 20, 2018

The two-day conference, “Matters of State: Politics, Governance, and Agency in China-Africa Engagement,” will be hosted by the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
The fourth annual CARI conference will feature experts who will explore the geopolitical dynamics of the relationship between China and Africa. Daniel Large, an assistant professor at Central European University, will give the keynote address on “China’s New African Era: The Politics of Peace, Security and Development.”
Practitioners and scholars from leading institutions including Johns Hopkins SAIS, George Washington University, University of Oxford, Cornell University, London School of Economics, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, and King’s College London will address a variety of topics including:

  • An analysis of Chinese aid in Africa
  • The role of China in Africa’s sustainable development
  • Anti-Chinese populism in Africa
  • Decision-making power and African agency in Chinese projects
  • The outcomes of health diplomacy between Africa and China

Thursday, April 19, 2018
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:05 a.m.
Welcome, Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Vali Nasr
9:05 – 9:15 a.m.
Introduction, Director of the China-Africa Research Initiative Deborah Bräutigam
9:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Panel 1: Africa, China and the West
11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Coffee Break
11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Panel 2: African Agency and Strategic Bargaining
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Address
2:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Panel 3: Leadership, Power and Agency, and Regulation
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Panel 4: Civil Society, Populism, and Micropolitics
5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Friday, April 20, 2018
9:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Panel 5: African State Capacity, Bureaucracies, and Norm Diffusion
10:45-11:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
11:00a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Panel 6: Understanding China/Africa through Data
12:45- 1:45 p.m.
Lunch and Conclusion
Time and Date
8:30 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Friday, April 20, 2018
Johns Hopkins SAIS

Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press should RSVP through the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Media Contacts
Stacy A. Anderson (for logistic inquiries)
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile
[email protected]
Winslow Robertson (for agenda inquiries)
Communications Assistant
China-Africa Research Initiative
[email protected]
About the SAIS China Africa Research Initiative
The SAIS China Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) launched in 2014 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) to promote evidence-based understanding of the relations between China and African countries through high quality data collection, field research, conferences, and collaboration.
The mission of SAIS-CARI is promoting research, conducting evidence-based analysis, fostering collaboration, and training future leaders to better understand the economic and political dimensions of China-Africa relations and their implications for human security and global development.
For more information, visit the China-Africa Research Initiative or @SaisCari
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
For more information, visit or @SAISHopkins

Friday, April 13, 2018