Category: AIF Issue 62

US’s and China’s ‘chipageddon’ hits Africa’s digital transformation mission

When the Trump-led US administration triggered a trade war with China in 2018, few would have imagined the global repercussions of this geopolitical conflict, particularly for African countries. The seismic shock of the US-China technological conflict was most apparent during 2021’s “chipageddon”, worsened by the US ban on the sale of semiconductor chips to China, […]

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Democracy in Africa: Enter the dragon

For China to be actively engaged in building Africa’s critical soft and hard digital infrastructure, it is understandable for democracy institutions to be alarmed.

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ICT investments: Africa waits to see the money

US-China ICT investments: implications for Africa’s socioeconomic development

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How the contest for global digital hegemony impacts Africa

How the contest for global digital hegemony impacts Africa

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The battle for hearts and minds

The United States and China have engaged in intense geopolitical competition in Africa since the turn of the millennium, which has seen tons of ink spilt in the media on this matter, as well as on intellectual and academic platforms. But what is often not appreciated is the increasing sophistication of the battle between the […]

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Sovereignty and digital transformation in Africa

A great power competition has returned to centre-stage of the geopolitical landscape between the US and an emerging China. Constant technological advancement and global connectivity in the digital space are critical in shaping the outcome of this competition, ultimately determining the modern international order. Africa has an urgent need for infrastructure development. Infrastructure is vital […]

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The internet war in Africa

Technology decoupling amounts to a separation between technologies originating in the US and China. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has noted that the “US-China technology divide could cause more havoc than the Cold War”.

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Big-spending China woos Africa with its BRI and DSR

The landscape of foreign aid in Africa has shifted from being strategically western dominated, specifically by the United States, to China, emerging as one of the leading countries providing aid to the continent, especially in technology infrastructure. 

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Wired Africa now Zooms into China and US

Government-instituted regulations restricting physical contact and movement to combat the Covid-19 pandemic dramatically spurred the use of digital diplomacy in Africa, using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTS). This gave digital technologies a prominent role in the conduct, management, and administration of foreign relations.  While there is a growing focus on African conceptual-cum-empirical studies and commentary […]

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Opportunities for US-China digital technology cooperation

Digital technologies are playing an increasingly significant role for governments, non-governmental organisations and other civil society institutions that are relying on mobile communications.

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