Africa’s Security Challenges and China’s Evolving Approach to Africa’s Peace and Security Architecture

  • Abiodun AlaoEmail author
  • Chris Alden


This chapter examines the development of the African Peace and Security Architecture and how China has sought to devise approaches to security within and outside of that institutional framework. The heritage of colonialism and its impact on the viability of the African state system, coupled by efforts to develop institutions and enhance security, are reviewed. The evolution of African security arrangements to a position of ‘non-indifference’ is contrasted with the changes to China’s policies of non-intervention towards peace and security.


Chinese foreign policy African security Peacekeeping Peacebuilding Non-intervention Multilateralism African Union Organisation for African Unity Sovereignty Post-conflict peacebuilding 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.African Leadership Centre, School of Global AffairsKing’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of International RelationsLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUnited Kingdom

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