Making sense of the new episode of great power rivalry in Africa through neorealist lenses: the Sino-US competition


Sari B.

MERIDIANO 47-JOURNAL OF GLOBAL STUDIES, vol.20, 2019 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.20889/m47e20014
  • Journal Name: MERIDIANO 47-JOURNAL OF GLOBAL STUDIES
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Police Academy Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This study reveals the implications for US interests of China's extensive engagement with Africa. Making sense of international system through neorealist lenses, China's strengthening ties with African countries constitute a systemic threat US interests in several ways. The first is China's quest for African oil. The second concerns China's non-interference policy in African countries' domestic affairs. The third is the implications of China's extensive engagement with Africa for US position international system. These three challenges together have potential for upsetting the existing distribution of power in international system favouring the US.