The Policy Challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa of Large-Scale Chinese FDI (ARI)

Raphael Kaplinsky and Mike Morris. ARI 169/2010 - 30/11/2010.

The existence of large state-owned Chinese firms and private investors engaged in investing primarily, but not exclusively, in resource and infrastructure sectors in SSA (Sub-Saharan Africa) is a major preoccupation in economic and political circles. In order to understand it, Chinese investment has to be differentiated into four different types, and its distinctive characteristic unpacked –ie, the bundling together of aid, trade and FDI (foreign direct investment)–. This has major policy implications for how SSA should relate to Chinese investors in order to maximise available opportunities.

Is China doing enough to protect the environment? (ARI)

Pablo Bustelo. ARI 141/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 11/11/2010. Go to Spanish version

Following the recent worsening of problems linked to pollution, it is worth looking at the measures implemented so far by the Chinese government in order to safeguard the environment.

China in Ghana: Easing the Shift from Aid Dependency to Oil Economy? (ARI)

Giles Mohan. ARI 149/2010 - 15/10/2010.

The author examines recent changes in the Ghanaian aid and investment landscape as China has stepped up its relations with this donor ‘darling’. Recent oil discoveries further transform the financing scenarios and more established donors are concerned about the riskiness of this. These tensions reveal wider differences in approaches to development and the desires of many African governments which could herald big changes in the ethos and practice of development.

The EU’s Global Governance Versus China’s Harmonious World (ARI)

Wang Youming. ARI 133/2010 - 10/9/2010.

The EU’s ‘Global Governance’ and China’s ‘Harmonious World’ seem to be competing to be the dominant idea on international relations in the new century.

Prospects for North Korea-South Korea Relations after the <i>Cheonan</i> Incident (ARI)

Choi Kang. ARI 125/2010 - 28/7/2010.

This ARI explores the situation in the Korean peninsula after the sinking of the Cheonan on 26 March 2010 and stresses the need for a new South Korean policy towards the North.

India’s Transition to Global Donor: Limitations and Prospects (ARI)

Dweep Chanana. ARI 123/2010 - 23/7/2010.

India has increasingly sought to expand its activities as a donor, both to reposition itself as an emerging power and to use aid as an instrument for engaging with other developing countries. This ARI looks at the current state of India’s donor programme as regards both its size and scope, identifies India’s role within the multilateral aid scenario and evaluates the challenges and prospects for further growth.

Central Asia: Moving Towards an Alternative Vision of Energy Relations? (WP)

Aurèlia Mañé Estrada. WP 56/2009 (Translated from Spanish) - 4/5/2010.

The idea behind this paper is that the way we view energy relations determines how we define and apply energy security policies. In light of this, the emergence of Central Asia on the international hydrocarbon scene is an excellent opportunity to illustrate the difference that exists today between the dominant epistemological-conceptual approach to energy relations and the reality behind these same relations.

Energy Security in Central Asia: Infrastructure and Risk (ARI)

Félix Arteaga. ARI 1/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 19/4/2010. Go to Spanish version

The energy infrastructures running through Central Asia face endogenous and exogenous structural risks that could affect supplies if they materialise and Central Asian countries fail to develop adequate protection mechanisms, either on their own or with outside help.

Geo-Economics in Central Asia and the ‘Great Game’ of Natural Resources: Water, Oil, Gas, Uranium and Transportation Corridors (WP)

Miguel Á. Pérez Martín. WP 59/2009 (Translated from Spanish) - 19/4/2010. Go to Spanish version

This Working Paper describes and analyses Central Asia from the standpoint of geo-economics, focusing especially on key questions in the region such as water, logistics, the direction of trade flows, hydrocarbons (oil and gas) and uranium. Its purpose is to estimate the involvement of the great powers and multinational companies in connection with these issues, assessing which countries or companies have the greatest presence or influence and showing how some of these players, especially Russia, play a dominant role in what some analysts have called the new ‘Great Game’.

The EU and Natural Gas from Central Asia: Is Nabucco the Best Option? (ARI)

Rafael Fernández. ARI 102/2009 (Translated from Spanish) - 14/4/2010. Go to Spanish version

This ARI looks at the advantages, difficulties and uncertainties concerning the Nabuccogas pipeline, the project to transport energy from a number of Central Asian countries to the EU.