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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


International Relations

First Advisor's Name

Thomas A. Breslin

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Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Ralph S. Clem

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Third Advisor's Name

John F. Clark

Third Advisor's Committee Title

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Fourth Advisor's Name

Harry D. Gould

Fourth Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Fifth Advisor's Name

Jean M. Rahier

Fifth Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member


Africa, China, industrial, military, impact, conflict, stability

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China’s increase in economic and military force projection capability has grown substantially since the beginning of the twenty-first century. This rapid evolution, has in turn, triggered a rush for resources in Least Developed Countries, opened up new markets for Chinese-manufactured products, and has frequently been accompanied by an increased Chinese military presence in those nations in which it maintains an economic or industrial presence.

The PRC’s activities in Least Developed Countries, such as those in Africa, have had a direct impact on cultures, regional politics, economies, infrastructure creation, and the environment, yet the complexity of these dynamics has to date precluded an in-depth analysis of their effect on conflict and stability. In order to effectively gauge China’s influence on the continent, localized studies of Chinese operations and activities in different locales were scrutinized.

China’s Interest in Africa: Conflict or Stability? examines Chinese infrastructure and financing packages, Chinese-owned extractive and non-extractive industries, Chinese military and defense industrial enterprises, and finally, Chinese military activities on the continent. In order to determine whether Chinese loans, infrastructure creation, and resource extraction operations contribute to development in Africa, this work examines case studies from diverse locales, which include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and Angola.






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