China’s Sharp Power in Africa: A Handbook for Building National Resilience

by Glenn Tiffert, Oliver McPherson-Smith
Monday, March 21, 2022

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Across sub-Saharan Africa, China has burst on to the scene as a leading partner. Although this affords African nations rich opportunities, it also exposes them to the risks of authoritarian sharp power and makes the conditions for democracy in the region more challenging. Where are the red flags? And how can African nations engage with China while safeguarding their sovereignty and advancing good governance, development, and democracy?

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About the Authors:

Glenn Tiffert is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a historian of modern China. He cochairs the Hoover project on China’s Global Sharp Power and works closely with government and civil society partners to document and build resilience against authoritarian interference with democratic institutions. Most recently, he coauthored and edited Global Engagement: Rethinking Risk in the Research Enterprise (2020).

Oliver McPherson-Smith is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Oxford. His research explores the politics of the private sector in Africa and the Middle East. He previously received a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in land economy from the University of Cambridge.