Ian Taylor

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Ian Taylor CV

"I am a Professor in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews’ School of International Relations and a Professor Extraordinary in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. I am also Honorary Professor in the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University, China and Joint Professor in the Centre for European Studies, Renmin University of China...

"Prior to entering academia, I worked for the UNHCR in Hong Kong on the Vietnamese Boat People issue.

"I am interested primarily in Africa's political economy and its international relations and in Chinese foreign policy. These last two strands come together in an extensive body of work, conducted since 1994, on China's emerging relationships with Africa. I finished a second book on Sino-African ties, published in 2009 (paperback in 2010). This book is based on fieldwork and interviews in 13 African countries as well as three research visits to China and visits to London and Washington DC.

"I have a new book on Africa's international relations out in April 2010 and a book on the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation coming out later this year.

"I am also interested in theoretical work involving the ideas of Antonio Gramsci and neo-Gramscian scholars and its application to IR theory, particularly in the developing world. Utilising this framework, I have published a substantial body of work on post-apartheid South Africa's foreign policies...

"I am the co-editor of the academic journal "African Security", published by Taylor & Francis, and also of the "Review of International Studies", the journal of the British International Studies Association." [1]

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  1. Ian Taylor, accessed April 9, 2010.