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Power in international negotiations and its implications to educational policy: Envisioning a healthy Africa-China relationship

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Based on lessons learned from examining the relationship between several international organizations and African higher education, this paper unveils the subtleties and complexities of power dynamics in negotiations between China and Africa. The understanding of these subtleties and complexities of power dynamics in international negotiations is critical for Africa at this crossroads of her relationship with China and amidst the competition between China and other superpowers (e.g., countries and organizations) over Africa as a market arena because (a) the dimensions of this relationship are still being negotiated/established, thus a good time to address power dynamics; (b) Africa is engaged in an African Renaissance that is against any form of domination yet welcomes equitable partnership; and, (c) African scholars are reflecting on collective efforts toward a new higher education system by African design. With a focus on Southern Africa, the paper discusses four categories of power—hermeneutical, informational, manipulative, and monetary—by providing illustrations and painting scenarios of how these power dynamics may manifest in the relationship between African countries and China. The piece is empirical as it is based on findings pertaining to Africa’s relation to globally powerful institutions such as the WTO, yet prophetic as it serves to conscientize, and even as a warning sign for, African communities concerned with negotiating with non-African parties. The lessons and principles therein are also applicable to the overall arena of negotiations between the so-called developing nations and the rest of the world.

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power dynamics, international negotiations, superpowers, African renaissance, African education, negotiations
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Cossa, Jose. "Power in international negotiations and its implications to educational policy: Envisioning a healthy Africa-China relationship" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494198_index.html>

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Cossa, J. "Power in international negotiations and its implications to educational policy: Envisioning a healthy Africa-China relationship" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494198_index.html

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Abstract: Based on lessons learned from examining the relationship between several international organizations and African higher education, this paper unveils the subtleties and complexities of power dynamics in negotiations between China and Africa. The understanding of these subtleties and complexities of power dynamics in international negotiations is critical for Africa at this crossroads of her relationship with China and amidst the competition between China and other superpowers (e.g., countries and organizations) over Africa as a market arena because (a) the dimensions of this relationship are still being negotiated/established, thus a good time to address power dynamics; (b) Africa is engaged in an African Renaissance that is against any form of domination yet welcomes equitable partnership; and, (c) African scholars are reflecting on collective efforts toward a new higher education system by African design. With a focus on Southern Africa, the paper discusses four categories of power—hermeneutical, informational, manipulative, and monetary—by providing illustrations and painting scenarios of how these power dynamics may manifest in the relationship between African countries and China. The piece is empirical as it is based on findings pertaining to Africa’s relation to globally powerful institutions such as the WTO, yet prophetic as it serves to conscientize, and even as a warning sign for, African communities concerned with negotiating with non-African parties. The lessons and principles therein are also applicable to the overall arena of negotiations between the so-called developing nations and the rest of the world.


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