Africa’s security partnership with China: looking to the future


Session 1: Africa-China Security Cooperation – challenges and opportunities

Session 2: Future of Africa-China Security Cooperation – the role of the Belt and Road Initiative  

Session 3: Africa-China Security Cooperation and Multilateralism

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is the leading platform for advancing relations between the continent and China. Peace and security matters will feature on the agenda of the November 2021 meeting. In preparation for the summit, this two-day seminar will consider three questions: 

Prominent African and Chinese scholars will reflect on the future of Africa’s security partnership with China. Opportunities and challenges will be identified that can help African states prepare for the upcoming 2021 FOCAC.

28 September

Session 1, 10.00-11.30 (SAST): Challenges and opportunities for Africa–China security cooperation

Chair: Dr Fonteh Akum, Executive Director, ISS

Opening Remarks:


Session 2, 13.00-14.30 (SAST): Future of Africa–China Security Cooperation and the role of the Belt and Road Initiative  

Chair: Timothy Walker, Team Leader, Maritime Security, ISS Pretoria


29 September

Session 3, 10.00-11.30 (SAST): Africa–China security cooperation and multilateralism

Chair: Gustavo de Carvalho, Programme Manager and Senior Researcher, Peace Operations and Peacebuilding, ISS


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