ARI's Edward Paice and Jonathan Bhalla wrote an op-ed for the China-Africa Project. “China’s New Competitor: Africa” discussed the new, complex patterns of engagement that will emerge in the next few years.
Edward Paice believes that whatever transpires in the next few years in Somalia and Somaliland, the fact that the latter has developed a credible constitution and held competitive multi-party elections is worth emphasising.
Rapid urbanisation is being portrayed – by the UN, the World Bank and many others – as a potential developmental “silver bullet” for Africa. Edward Paice argues these claims are too simplistic and overly-optimistic.