Johns Hopkins SAIS to host 3rd annual China-Africa Research Initiative Conference Oct. 13-14, 2016


The 3rd annual China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) Conference will be hosted October 13-14, 2016 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

“Orient Express: Chinese Infrastructure Engagement in Africa,” will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jamie Monson, Professor of History and Director of African Studies at Michigan State University.

The two-day conference will highlight scholars from the U.S., China, England, Canada and Nigeria presenting their research on Chinese investments in Africa, including Chinese engagement in developing Africa's ports, Chinese investment in Africa's telecoms sector, and Chinese engagement in African hydropower projects.

Research papers that will be shared during the conference include:

• “A Complex Governance Matrix: How Chinese businesses in African Infrastructure Make Decisions on Social and Environmental Compliance”
Lila Buckley, International Institute for Environment and Development

• “How Do Chinese Contractors Perform in Africa? Evidence from World Bank Projects”
Jamie Farrell, Johns Hopkins SAIS

• “From Gwadar to Kribi: Chinese Engagement in the Development of Africa's Ports”
Wang Lin, China Business Network Research Institute

The full 2016 CARI Conference agenda can be viewed online.

Time and Date

8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2016. Reception will follow from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  

8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m., Friday, October 14, 2016


Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036


The conference is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can send RSVPs to  

Media Contacts

Janet Eom (inquires about the conference agenda)
Research Manager
China-Africa Research Initiative

Stacy A. Anderson (inquiries about logistics)
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile

About the SAIS China Africa Research Initiative

The SAIS China Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) launched in 2014 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) to promote evidence-based understanding of the relations between China and African countries through high quality data collection, field research, conferences, and collaboration.

The mission of SAIS-CAR is promoting research, conducting evidence-based analysis, fostering collaboration, and training future leaders to better understand the economic and political dimensions of China-Africa relations and their implications for human security and global development.

For more information, visit the China-Africa Research Initiative or @SaisCari

About Johns Hopkins SAIS

A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For more than 70 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world.

For more information, visit or @SAISHopkins

Wednesday, October 12, 2016