While US and Chinese interests often have divergent interests in Africa, they do share at least one common enemy: terrorism. Chinese nationals have been kidnapped and held for ransom in a number of African countries including South Sudan, Egypt and now in Cameroon where Nigerian-militants believed to be members of Boko Haram are holding three Chinese hostages. Dr. Ross Anthony of the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa is our guest this week to discuss his recent research on how the US and China may find common ground in their ongoing battle against Islamic extremism.
Dr. Anthony recently published a commentary that explores the intersection between Chinese and US security interests in Africa with regards to Islamic extremists. Click here to download the PDF.
Dr Ross Anthony is a research fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies. As a Gates Scholar, Ross recently completed his Ph.D in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. His research focused on issues of urban development in the Western regions of China where he spent fourteen months doing fieldwork. Ross has lectured at the University of Cambridge and previously at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan. His research at the Centre for Chinese Studies focuses on issues of Chinese security within sub-Saharan Africa. Other research interests relating to China include: governance, nationalism, ethnic minority policies and historiography.