Monday, June 17, 2013

SADC: Tomorrow: U.S. Competitiveness in Africa w/ Members of Congress

On Tuesday there will be a ton of interesting events, I hope to see you at some of them!

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you all had a Happy Father's Day! I sure did, as I participated in Andy's Google+ Hangout, along with Jemila, which was was quite successful! Here is the edited video and summary (we ran into some technical errors), and while we could not get the original panel of guests, Shuang and Andy found a wonderful substitute in Hongxiang Huang. I thought it went really well, though my wife pointed out some of the ways I could have improved my performance (I said "umm" way too much, sadly... next time I will do better, honey!). This week there should be a lot of interesting events going on in the DC area, I hope to meet some of you on Tuesday for the  congressional discussion about US competitiveness in Africa as well as the remarks by the Honorable Raila A. Odinga, who will talk about Sino-African relations and Africa as a whole.
  • Jemila, along with Blogging Ghana, is putting together her own Hangout on Thursday, June 20. The panelists are still being worked out, but there are going to be a lot of them and a few of our members should be participating. And, in the same vein of Andy's Hangout, the participants will all be Chinese or African except for myself (I somehow keep representing the United States in all of these events...). Be sure to check it out!
  • If you have a bit of free time on your hands, I urge you to read through the latestSouth Africa Foreign Policy Initiative Digest, which can be found here. While mostly focused on BRICS issues, there are a number of pieces that are of interest to Sino-Africa watchers, (Thank you Prof. Park)
  • Since no one responded to the potluck idea, it has been dropped.
Enjoy the weather!

Area Events

By: The Office of Ranking Member Karen Bass, House Africa Subcommittee
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 18, 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: The Member’s Room, Thomas Jefferson Building
Library of Congress

Reaching Across the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in the New Century
By: Woodrow Wilson Center
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 18, 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 5th Floor
Woodrow Wilson Center

A Briefing by The Honorable Raila A. Odinga: African Achievements and Challenges: Learning from the Past but Looking Forward
By: Woodrow Wilson Center
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 18, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 5th Floor
Woodrow Wilson Center

Amadou and Mariam (Thank you Edward)
By: 9:30 Club
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 PM
Location: 9:30 Club
815 V St NW

Women as Agents of Change: Traditional Practices and Community-Based Social Change in Ethiopia
By: Woodrow Wilson Center
Date and Time: Thursday, June 20, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: 6th Floor
Woodrow Wilson Center

Cheick Hamala Diabate (Thank you Edward)
By: Kennedy Center
Date and Time: Thursday, June 20, 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center - Millenium Stage
2700 F St NW

Emmanuel Jal (Thank you Edward)
By: Kennedy Center
Date and Time: Saturday, June 22, 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center - Millenium Stage
2700 F St NW

Miss Africa USA Pageant (Thank you Edward)
By: Miss Africa USA Pageant 2013
Date and Time: Saturday, June 29, 07:00 PM
Location: The Fillmore Silver Spring
8656 Colesville Rd  Silver Spring, MD 20910


  1. Asian Studies Association of Australia
  2. International Convention of Asia Scholars 8
  3. Oxford University China Africa Network & Alpha Professional Network Emerging Powers in Africa Forum

Calls for Papers

  1. Call for Papers - International Journal of Human Rights Special Issue: Corporate Power & Human Rights (Thank you Prof. Park)
  2. Call for Papers - Verge: Studies in Global Asias (Thank you Prof. Park)
  3. Call for Papers: State Policy and the Cultural Politics of Heritage-Making in East and Southeast Asia -  International Institute for Asian Studies (Thank you Prof. Park) 
  4. Call for Papers and Panels - Asian Studies Association of Australia (Thank you Prof. Park)
  5. Call for Proposals: China, UK, Low-Income Countries and Agriculture/Food Security - AgriTT (Thank you Prof. Brautigam)
  6. Call for Submissions - Politique Africaine (Thank you Prof. Park)

Opportunities (courtesy of Nina)

  1. Communication Advisor for Tanzania and Burundi - ActionAid
  2. Communication Advisor for Nigeria and Liberia - ActionAid
  3. Communications Coordinator for Africa - Center for International Forestry Research
  4. Convening Officer - Civicus
  5. Finance Analyst - International Finance Corporation
  6. Financial Consultant - Saferworld
  7. Grants Manager - International Organization for Migration
  8. IT Support Officer - Camfed
  9. Logistics Coordinator - QED Group
  10. Phandulwazi nge China Scholarship Programme for visiting scholars from Africa  - Stellenbosch University Centre for Chinese Studies
  11. Photographer - Adeso
  12. Product Manager - Grameen Foundation
  13. Project Coordinator - Invisible Children
  14. Program Manager, Education Programs - IREX
  15. Programme Funding Manager, Sahel - Christian Aid
  16. Program Officer - Freedom House
  17. Project Officer - Adeso
  18. Senior Fellow/Fellow, Africa Growth Initiative - Brookings
  19. Technical Project Manager - Grameen Foundation

Of Interest

Africa: The China-Africa Convergence: Can America Catch Up? - A balanced, nuanced look at how American involvement in Africa is trailing that of the Chinese, why it matters, and what must be done about it. Howard French is also awesome, so always read his stuff.
Anonymous ‘Baba Jukwa’ Facebook Dishes Dirt on Zimbabwe Politics  - Baba Jukwa, an anonymous Facebook poster writing about Zimbabwe politics from an insider's perspective, tells one story (out of many) about a Chinese contractor whose project was built  to support the Zimbabwe government rather than its people. It is not the fault of the Chinese though, they are just doing their job and the author's ire is directed towards the Zim government
Chinese investors look to broaden their African portfolios - If one can get over the "China is the best" tone of the article, there are some really great quotes and anecdotes to be found.
From Gold Mine to Land Mine – The Chinese in Ghana - This fantastic essay gathers social media sources and scholarly monographs and articles to talk about the situation in Ghana, and locates the tension within the context of different labor cultures. The story about Chinese racism and their handling of Ghanaian maids is quite chilling.
Leave Chinese alone - Prostitutes cry out - “'The galamsey [small-scale miners] operators don’t even ask for reduction for our services; they accept whatever prices we give them,' Victoria said. 'The Chinese galamseyers pay well unlike the ordinary Ghanaian who would ask for reduction,' she added." Who says the Chinese do not create jobs in Africa?
Lifan sees Africa as doorway to world - This interview with Yin Minshan, President of the automaker Chongqing Lifan group, talks about his companies plans to expand in Africa. A few of my buddies in China had Lifan motorcycles but I do not really know the company.
Over there: China ponders sending more combat troops on UN peacekeeping missions - A fascinating analysis of what China has to think about as it sends over 500 troops to Mali, some which might be actual soldiers rather than the usual engineers, medical workers, or transport staff.
SA is riding the Chinese dragon into a tempest - A look at how China's economic growth and contractions affect the South African economy. I am not sure the housing market situation in China is as dire as the author contends, though. As someone who predicted a Chinese housing crash back in 2009 for 2012-2013 (and planned to buy property in that crash), I learned to NEVER make predictions about the Chinese housing market, because you will always be wrong.
Save elephants from Chinese ivory trade or we lose them, says researcher - This piece joins the growing chorus of people who track the ivory poaching issue as saying China should do more about it.
Soft Power? China Has Plenty - An interesting overview of Chinese soft-power in Africa through the lens of aid and education, citing both Prof. Brautigam and Prof. Kenneth King. I think that the author oversells the point, and I could have done without the $74 billion aid figure cited, but worth a read regardless.
Taskforce dared to arrest chiefs benefiting from illegal mining - While much of the focus over last week's row over Chinese mining in Africa was directed at illegal Chinese miners, this piece talks about some of the actors who facilitated their actions: local chiefs.
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