Africa's recent strong growth figures over the last few years has coincided with a palpable shift towards stronger South-South linkages. This potentially offers opportunities to pursue a wider set of relations, alongside the traditional actors who have dominated Africa's post-independence terrain.
Africa's recent strong growth figures over the last few years has coincided with a palpable shift towards stronger South-South economic, political and social linkages and the ever more insistent claims from "Emerging Powers" located in the post-colonial world that the global political economy is changing. Recognition of the importance that these new centres of accumulation has been reflected in various fora, such as the G-20, BRICS etc. Indeed, high economic growth in Africa must be understood in the context of the rise in importance of various "emerging powers" within the global political economy. Whole new sets of economic, political and social linkages have been developing recently and Africa now appears as an incraeasingly site for South-South interactions and exchanges. . There seems no doubt that currently, the ongoing milieu offers African countries and societies with opportunities to pursue a wider and diversified set of relations, at the same time that the traditional actors who have dominated Africa's post-independence terrain also pursue an intensified set of relationships. This panel will be made up of three sessions: Session 1: 'Emerging relationship(s) between Africa and Asia'. Convenor: Ian Taylor (St Andrews) Session 2: 'Looking beyond the state: exploring civil society, migration and social relations between Chinese and Africans'. Convenor: Chris Alden (LSE) Session 3: 'Chinese and African agricultural investment in Africa'. Convenor: Pablo Idahosa (York)