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Prof. Chris Alden

Associate Senior Research Fellow on South African Foreign policy and China-Africa Relations

Areas of Research Expertise: 
  • Global powers and Africa
  • China-Africa
  • Post conflict reconstruction
  • Foreign Policy Analysis


Prof. Chris Alden holds a Readership in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He taught International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1990 to 2000 and established the East Asia Project in 1992. He has held fellowships at Cambridge University, Tokyo University, Ecole Normale Superieure, and University of Pretoria.

Languages spoken:
Portuguese (intermediate)
French (intermediate)
Chinese (elementary)

Recent Publications:

  • Alden C & Aran A, Foreign Policy Analysis: New Approaches. London: Routledge, 2011.
  • Alden C, Arnold M & Thakur M, Militias and the Challenges of Post-Conflict Peace: Silencing the Guns. London: Zed, 2010.
  • Alden C, Khalfa J & Park Y (eds), L’Afrique: Un Continent Pour La China, Les Temps Modernes. Paris: Temps Modernes, 2010.
  • Alden C, Morphet S & Vieira MA, The South in World Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010.
  • Alden C & Ansseeuw W (eds), Struggle for Land in Africa: Conflict, Politics and Change. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council, 2010.
  • Alden C, ‘Regional Organizations and the Problematic of Western-designated Pariahs’, European Asian Journal of Law and Governance, 1(2), 2011, pp. 205-224.
  • Alden C & Vieira M, ‘India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA): South-South co-operation and the paradox of regional leadership’, Global Governance, 17(3), 2011, pp. 507-528.
  • Alden C & Large D, ‘China’s Exceptionalism and the Challenges of Delivering Difference in Africa’, Journal of Contemporary China 20 2011, pp. 21-38.

Email address: j.c.alden[@]

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