China-Africa Peace and Security Research Fellowship

Launched in collaboration with the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the pilot China-Africa Peace and Security Research Fellowship is designed to integrate junior Chinese scholars into important networks of peace and security scholars and experts in Africa, and establish links between their home institutions and African counterparts. Conversely, African institutions and individual scholars will have the opportunity to expand their networks among Chinese research communities. The fellowship program aims to strengthen the evidentiary basis for Chinese scholarship on the UN and in peace and security studies, foster greater South-South dialogue, promote knowledge exchange between African and Chinese scholars, and integrate African and Chinese perspectives into key policy debates within the UN and African Union.

African host partner institutions:

American Friends Service Committee, Nairobi Office, Nairobi, Kenya
Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Université de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

On 16-18 November 2016, the China-Africa Knowledge Project (CAKP) in collaboration with the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), held the China-Africa Peace and Security Research Cluster Fellowship Capstone Seminar in Addis Ababa.

The following is a summary of the current fellows and their research projects.

 

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+ Zilong CHENG

PhD Candidate in international relations from School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University

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Research Interests: Non-traditional security, South Asia, United Nations.

Fellowship Research Proposal Title: How can the UN support the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)?

Languages: English, Mandarin.

Bio: Zilong CHENG is a PhD Candidate in international relations from the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University. He received his master's in international relations from Shanghai Institutes for International Studies in 2016. He has studied and received a certificate in the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies from 2014 to 2015. He specializes in South Asian studies, particularly energy security and global climate change, and the UN.

 

 

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+ Suwen LIU

Deputy Director, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, MOFCOM

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Research Interests: Industrial Economy, Chinese infrastructure and natural resources development in developing countries

Fellowship Research Proposal Title: China-Kenya Conflict Sensitive Business.

Languages: Chinese (native), English, German.

Bio: Suwen LIU is deputy director at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, MOFCOM, P.R.China and a PhD. Candidate at the University of Geosciences, majoring in Resources Industrial Economy. She received her master’s in English Language and Literature from Renmin University of China in 2006, and her bachelor’s degree in English from Zhangzhou University in 2004.

LIU’s main research focus is on the potential risks and conflicts of Chinese infrastructure and natural resources investment in Asian and African developing countries. Her most recent research projects include research on the possible development of Lapis Lazuli stones in Tajikistan, the exploration and purchase of aluminum ore in Indonesia, and a study on the prevention and control of international capacity cooperation risks. She has also received a number of qualifications, including the China Accreditation Test for Translators and Interpreters Grade 2 English-Chinese Consecutive Interpretation, the Test for English Major (TEM) Band 8, and the CGT (College German Test) Band 4.

 

 

 

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+ Qing SONG

Research Fellow, Center for West Asian and African Studies, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS)

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Research Interests: Francophone Africa, peace & security in Africa, sino-french cooperation in Africa; terrorism and extremism; peacebuilding missions.

Fellowship Research Proposal Title: The Role of Private Chinese Enterprise in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding in Africa: the Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Languages: English, French, Mandarin (native).

Bio: Mr. Qing SONG, currently a PhD candidate at Shanghai International Studies University, received his master's degree in international relations from Sciences Po Bordeaux, France in 2012. He holds a double bachelor’s degree in French language studies and teaching Chinese as a foreign language from Fudan University, China.

He joined Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) in 2012, where he served as program officer for the African program. As a contributor to China’s media coverage of about over 30 articles, he works on peace and security in Africa with a special focus on terrorism, extremism and peacebuilding missions.

Prior to this, he was the champion of the "Global French Dictation Contest" (China) in 2007 and served as an interpretation trainee at the United Nations in Geneva in 2011. He also supported the attendance of Chinese youth at the 2015 "Atlantic Dialogues Global Emerging Leaders Program" organized by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the OCP Policy Center of Morocco.

 

 

 

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+ Duanyong WANG

Associate Professor, Shanghai International Studies University

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Research Interests: Chinese investment and infrastructure projects in Africa, Security Risk of Chinese Citizens Abroad.

Fellowship Research Proposal Title: The Role of Chinese Multinational-Companies (MNCs) in Peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Languages: English, French, Mandarin (native).

Bio: Dr. Wang Duanyong is the Director of the Centre for China’s Overseas Interests Studies and an associate professor at Shanghai International Studies University, China. He received his PhD in Economics from Wuhan University in 2007. He has served in enterprises, universities and think tanks for nearly two decades. In recent years his research focuses on Chinese investment and infrastructure projects in Africa and the security risk of Chinese citizens abroad. Dr. Wang also conducted field researches in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt.

 

 

 

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+ Hong YANG

PhD candidate, Beijing Foreign Studies University

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Research Interests: Humanitarian intervention, Responsibility to Protect, cooperation between the UN and regional organizations in peacekeeping operations.

Fellowship Research Proposal Title: The Future of Hybrid Peacekeeping: Lessons from the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

Languages: English, Mandarin.

Bio: Hong Yang is a PhD Candidate in the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China. He participated in the RtoP book project “Responsibility to Protect: Chinese Perspectives on International Norm Building”. His article analyzed China’s position on the RtoP and presented persuasive reasons for China’s veto on the Security Council’s resolutions on Syria. His PhD dissertation focuses on the regulation of humanitarian interventions within the UN framework, arguing that reporting and investigation mechanisms should be set up within the UN framework to monitor the actions taken by interveners and hold them accountable for their actions. Currently the focus of his work is on the UN-AU hybrid peacekeeping operations.

 

 

 

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+ Jian YANG

PhD candidate, Lanzhou University

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Research Interests: Industrial economics

Fellowship Research Proposal Title: China-Kenya Conflict Sensitive Business.

Languages: Chinese (native).

Bio: Jian YANG is a Ph.D. Candidate at Lanzhou University and currently works at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, MOFCOM, P.R.China. He received his master’s in industrial economics and his bachelor’s in economics from Lanzhou University in 2012 and 2009, respectively. His most recent research publications have focused on the network brand development path and countermeasures (January 2015), the Swiss industrial development model for inspiration and reference in Guizhou (January 2015), and an analysis on the development of processing trade in the inland area (January 2015).