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African politics scholar Horace Campbell to speak about U.S.-China-Africa relations, October 2, 2014

Horace Campbell, professor of African-American studies and political science at Syracuse University, will deliver a talk, “The 2014 United State-African Summit: Is this a Response to China?” The event will be held on Thursday, October 2, 7:00 pm, in Taylor Hall, room 203. The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty, History Department, Political Science Department, and the Programs in Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, and International Studies.

Campbell’s lecture will analyze the strategic calculations behind the recent United States-Africa Leaders Summit organized by the Obama administration, and the extent to which it was designed to counter the rapidly growing Chinese influence across Africa. China has been the number one trade partner with Africa since 2009; total trade between them reached $210 billion in 2013. Campbell believes it is evident the United States is very much concerned that the emergence of China as a force in Africa has complicated the tussle between the European Union and the U.S. over “who controls Africa.” The talk will explore the impact of China’s relations with Africa, and also how they are reshaping the continent’s development and global economics in the 21st century. Campbell will also investigate the goals of the recent summit and highlight whether there are ways for the U.S. intellectual infrastructure to change in order to reorient U.S. policies toward Africa.

Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Campbell has taught in Tanzania, Canada, and the United States. He currently teaches at Syracuse University. For over four decades Campbell has been actively involved in various Pan-Africanist liberation struggles and different global movements for peace and justice. He has lectured extensively on the and has been interviewed by media in Africa, Europe, North America, and Asia. He has also written extensively on African, American, and Caribbean politics and social movements. Amongst his major publications are: Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya: Lessons for Africa in the Forging of African Unity (2013); Barack Obama and Twenty-first Century Politics: A Revolutionary Moment in the USA (2010); Pan-Africanists and African Liberation in the 21st Century (2006); Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation (2003) and Rasta and Resistance: From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney (1985).

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, September 9, 2014