Flexigemony - China’s strategic adaptability to local African contexts

Submitted by jo on Fri, 2017-10-20 09:39

Moderator: Biruk Terrefe

The Oxford University China Africa Network (OUCAN) hereby invites you to its first event of the academic year 2017/2018. We have the honor and privilege of welcoming Ambassador Jianhua Zhong. From 1993 to 2002, Ambassador Zhong worked in the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, as Director, Deputy Director General and Director General. He was appointed Consul General of China (ambassador rank) in Los Angeles, United States in 2002, and served there until 2007. He was Ambassador of China to South Africa from 2007 to 2012. Ambassador Zhong was appointed China's Special Representative on African Affairs in Feb. 2012. This job is mainly on "hot issues", and took him to more than 30 African countries since then.

The session is intended to highlight some current research conducted by young scholars at Oxford. The seminar will begin with research conducted by two DPhil students at Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), Yuan Wang and Alexandra Zeitz, who will raise critical discussion points through their presentations, after which we hope to engage in an open Q&A together with Ambassador Zhong. ‘Flexigemony’ a term first applied to the China-Africa context by Padraig Carmody and Ian Taylor refers to China’s strategic ability to adapt to its local contexts and therefore have an upper hand in its various engagements. How have domestic politics influenced China’s engagements? How have African governments responded? What is the reaction of traditional donors?

Yuan Wang’s research explores two Chinese-sponsored railway projects in Kenya and Ethiopia, and illustrates that it is the primacy of the African politics, rather than the Chinese-ness, that determines the trajectories of the railways. Ms. Yuan Wang obtained an MSc in Politics and is now working on her DPhil. She previously worked with UNDP in Beijing and SACE Foundation in Nairobi before resuming her studies. She obtained an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in International Relations from Shanghai International Studies University.

Alexandra Zeitz’s research examines how African governments' access to Chinese financing has changed their relationship with long-time traditional donors, including the World Bank. Drawing on fieldwork in Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya, she examines both the strategies adopted by African governments to triangulate among their different lenders and the responses of traditional donors to a more crowded development landscape. Alexandra Zeitz is a DPhil candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations. She holds an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford, has worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme and as a researcher at the Icelandic Mission to the United Nations. She also holds a B.A. (Hons) in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cambridge.

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Ambassador Jianhua ZhongYuan Wang, DPhil student, DPIRAlexandra Zeitz, DPhil student, DPIR
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Friday, October 27, 2017 - 12:45

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ODID DPhil co-convenes workshop on the Karen in transition

Submitted by jo on Thu, 2017-10-19 11:26

The special one-day workshop will be held at St Antony’s College on Thursday 15 June 2017 and will take stock of the aspirations, adaptive strategies and politics of ordinary people and ethnic leaders in Karen State, Burma/Myanmar as well as Karen refugee and diaspora communities, following the signing of a Karen ceasefire in late 2015 and the advent of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government in early 2016.

Specifically, the workshop will consider dynamics of precarity, hybridity and resilience amongst Karen communities in Burma/Myanmar and internationally, with four panels discussing education and health; livelihoods and social protection; migration, conflict and the borderlands; and the future of Karen in Myanmar/Burma and the diaspora.

It will feature presentations by scholars and activists from the University of Oxford, Australian National University, Mobile Education Partnerships, Max Planck Institute, Central European University and Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

Find out more about the workshop.

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DPhil candidate Richard Dolan is to co-convene an interdisciplinary workshop on the Karen in the context of Myanmar’s ongoing political transition with Burma/Myanmar scholars from Oxford University and colleagues from the Myanmar Research Centre at the Australian National University.

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The Plight of Freedom - Screening and Q&A

Submitted by sue on Thu, 2017-10-19 10:47

For our first Film Screening of the year, we will be presenting The Plight of Freedom, first hand look at the lives of refugees who have fled Syria and surrounding areas and have been placed into migrant camps across the Middle East. 



The documentary will be presented by Abdulrahman Salih, Director of Photography, who will attend the Q&A session.



About the documentary 



The Plight of Freedom is a first hand look at the lives of refugees who have fled Syria and surrounding areas and have been placed into migrant camps across the Middle East. Despite the sudden influx of news reports, the focus of the main news institutions has been to cover the political and economic side of the story, rather than the impact that the crisis can have on a family or person. Our aim is to present the lengths that families fleeing Syria and surrounding countries have gone to in order to keep themselves and their families safe. We want to not only show the terrible and traumatic journeys these people have undertaken, but to also show the resilience and bravery of the people who have been faced with shocking circumstances.



Run time - 16 minutes 




 

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Monday, October 23, 2017 - 17:15

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Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis: Bangladesh Response

Submitted by jo on Thu, 2017-10-19 10:43

Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque has been serving as Foreign Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh since 10 January 2013. Currently, he is the Chair-in-office of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). He is serving as an Independent Expert to the Committee on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) for the term 2014-2017. He is also a member of the Migration Advisory Board of International Organization for Migration (IOM). Mr. Haque has been actively promoting human rights of migrants and pro-actively working with NGOs and civil society to advocate rights of migrant workers.

From 2001 to 2012, Mr. Haque served at the IOM on lien from the Government of Bangladesh, occupying several senior positions in field offices and the Headquarters in Geneva. Before returning to the Government of Bangladesh, he was serving as the Director of IOM (2010-2012) dealing with IOMs’ external relations, donors’ liaison and international migration policy. He also served as Regional Representative for the Middle-East (based in Cairo, 2007-2009) and as Regional Representative for South Asia (based in Dhaka, 2001-2006). In recognition of his outstanding and committed services to IOM, Mr. Haque received IOM Director General’s award in 2005. Mr. Haque earlier worked in Bangladesh Missions in London, Bangkok and Geneva. He had also served as Director in various Wings of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, including as the Director of Foreign Secretary’s Office (1996-1998). He represented Bangladesh in various international fora. As a Counsellor/Minister at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission in Geneva, he dealt with WIPO, ILO, IOM and IAEA (Vienna).

Mr. Haque obtained an M A (International Relations) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in USA (1988) and was awarded Honourable Mention for Robert B. Steward Prize for high acedemic achievement. He stood First Class First, both in Masters and Honours, in Social Welfare from the University of Dhaka. He was also awarded the Dhaka University Chancellor’s Award, the Grants Commission Award and the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for his outstanding academic accomplishment. Mr. Haque's areas of academic interests range from migration, climate change, development, trade and human rights issues. His articles on migration and human trafficking issues were published in various national and international journals. He served in the Editorial Board of the IOM World Migration Report and also contributed to IOM's 3 volume training guide on Essentials of Migration Management (2004) as well as IOM-OSCE Trainers Manual on Labour Migration Management (2010).

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Corneliu Bjola
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Md. Shahidul Haque (Foreign Secretary, Government of Bangladesh)
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -
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How is opinion shaped by new and old media?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2017-10-17 15:36

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Book Event: Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2017-10-17 15:36

Join author Philip Roessler for a talk on his book, Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa: The Logic of the Coup-Civil War Trap (Cambridge University Press, 2016), with Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, as Discussant.

Why are some weak states trapped in vicious cycles of ethnic exclusion and civil war, while others experience relative peace? In his book, Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa: The Logic of the Coup-Civil War Trap, Philip Roessler, Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government and Associate Professor of the College of William and Mary, addresses this question. Drawing on years of field research on the causes of civil war in Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo combined with statistical analyses of power sharing, coups and civil war across the region, Roessler models weak states as caught in a coup-civil war trap and explains how this framework helps to account for war and peace across countries in Africa as well as to Syria, Iraq and other ethnically divided states.

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Asia-Pacific security in the time of Trump

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2017-10-17 15:36

Nowhere is the contrast between a rising China and the United States’ power more evident than in Asia-Pacific. This is especially the case in Australia, whose largest trading partner is China, but who remains one of the strongest and staunchest allies of the United States while also being heavily engaged throughout the region.

So how is Australia responding to recent geopolitical challenges? What role does it, or should it, play in the region and beyond? And what are the challenges and opportunities of national security policy planning and decision making?

Richard Marles is Australia’s Shadow Defence Minister, and the man who would be charged with grappling with these very questions if the Labor Party is to form the next government. Having previously served as Shadow Immigration Minister (2013 to 2016) during one of the most contentious periods in regional and global migration debates, Minister for Trade (2013), and Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs (2010 to 2013), he has been a key member of Labor’s national security team for almost a decade and was recently described by The Australian national broadsheet as a “heavyweight in defence”.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 -
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Extraction and Exclusion - A Necessary Relationship?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2017-10-17 15:36

Prof Gavin Bridge is a resource and economic geographer at the University of Durham, whose research focuses on the extractive industries of gas, mining and oil. His work spans questions related to political ecology of resource scarcity and security, new geographies of resource production/consumption, global production of raw materials, and geographies of energy transition and governance. Gavin is also the co-author of the recently published book 'Oil' with Philippe Le Billon.

This keynote speech is part of the Interdisciplinary Conference on Extraction & Exclusion.

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Negar Elodie Behzadi
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Prof Gavin Bridge
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Thursday, October 19, 2017 -
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Gender and Diplomacy

Submitted by jo on Mon, 2017-10-16 10:19

Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFAs), at least in some parts of the world, are experiencing seismic shifts in their policies concerning the entry and role of women. This seminar aims to discuss the impact of the changing gender balance on diplomatic culture, diplomatic processes and on the substance of foreign policy.

The objectives of the conference are to: 1) expose and confront the gender of diplomacy and the rate of progress towards a gender-even playing field; 2) shed light on how the growing involvement of women is affecting, and ought to affect, diplomatic processes; and 3) examine the impact of the growing number of women in diplomacy on priorities and outcomes in foreign policy.

Speakers include Devaki Jain, Indian economist, feminist and writer; Jane Marriott, Director, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and Jennifer Cassidy, editor of “Gender and Diplomacy” (Routledge 2017).

The seminar is co-hosted by the Oxford Department of International Development; School of Geography and the Environment; and Diplomatic Studies Programme.

All University members are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. For catering purposes, please email dsp@conted.ox.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

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Friday, October 27, 2017 - 14:00

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What contentious issues are easily manipulated in public discourse?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2017-10-16 09:28

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George GabrielDr Michelle LeibyDr Matt Krainer
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