Long-term perspectives on Asia–Africa relations

Long-term perspectives on Asia–Africa relations


As Asia’s global economic power grows, the impact on Africa can be understood through four alternative scenarios.


China has rapidly become Africa’s largest trading partner, and its influence on the continent grows exponentially. Asia is also the region that contributes most to global growth, and the shift in economic heft from West to East is palpable. To explore how relations between Asia and Africa could evolve in future, this seminar will discuss four scenarios: a Divided World, a World at War, a Growth World and a Sustainable World.

Moderator: Dr Fonteh Akum, Executive Director, Institute for Security Studies


Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures and Innovation, ISS Pretoria

Ruhee Neog, Director, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi

Dr Garth Shelton, Associate Professor, International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Amb (ret) Jong-Dae Park, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonse University, Seoul


Jakkie Cilliers, Email: [email protected] (copy [email protected])

Image: © Newscom / Alamy Stock Photo


Development partners

This seminar is funded by Humanity United, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.