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The Role of Human Rights in the China-Africa Discourse

This week Dr. Stacey Links joins Eric & Cobus from Amsterdam to discuss her research in the role that human rights plays within the broader China-Africa relationship. Stacey, a South African native, recently completed her Ph.D. on the subject at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

She explains why the human rights dimension of the China-Africa discourse is “partial, misleading and incomplete.”

Show Notes:

About Dr. Stacey Links:

Dr. Stacey Links is a researcher whose work is focused on the nexus of critical international relations, critical human rights scholarship, and development. Her research in her Ph.D. trajectory focused specifically on the human rights dimension of Sino-African relations. Her doctoral research was conducted through Utrecht University and funded by the Dutch Foreign Office as part of a broader project.

Her doctoral research involved liaising with key scholars in Sino-African relations and examining key policy directives from the US as well as EU. During this time she was afforded the rare opportunity to attend the yearly high-level Beijing Forum on Human Rights for three consecutive years. More broadly, she is interested in how South-South cooperation can tackle regional challenges, looking at such cooperation in the light of a reconfigured global order. Her approach to International Relations is informed by postcolonial and decolonial insights, both of which often go untouched in international relations scholarship and practice.

Prior to the completion of her doctoral research, Stacey worked in the field of human rights and development in South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Haiti, and The Hague.

She completed her Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Leiden in conjunction with The Clingendael Institute for International Relations in The Netherlands. She was awarded her bachelors and honors degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in International Studies and is a two-time recipient of The Nelson Mandela Scholarship.

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