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Department of Politics and International Studies

Mr Daniel Large


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Mr Daniel Large
Email address:
36 Gordon Square
Thesis title:
Fantastic Invasions: intervention and the politics of the international in Sudan
Year of Study:
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PhD Publications

  • Co-edited with Chris Alden and Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, China Returns to Africa: A Continent and a Rising Power Embrace (London and New York: Hurst Publishers and Columbia University Press, 2008).
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
  • ‘China’s exceptionalism and the challenges of delivering difference in Africa’, co-authored with
    Chris Alden, Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 20, No. 68, (2011), pp. 21-38.
  • ‘China’s Sudan engagement: changing Northern and Southern political trajectories in peace and
    war’, The China Quarterly, 199 (September 2009), pp. 610-626.
  • ‘Beyond ‘Dragon in the Bush’: the study of China-Africa relations’, African Affairs, Vol. 107, No. 426 (2008), pp. 45-61.
  • ‘China and the contradictions of ‘non-interference’ in Sudan’, Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 35, No. 115 (March 2008), pp. 93-106.
Book Chapters
  • ‘Africa’s international China relations: contending imaginaries and changing politics’, in Jack Mangala ed., Africa and the New World Era: From Humanitarianism to a Strategic View (Palgrave, forthcoming 2011).
  • ‘The end of abstraction: China’s development relations with Sudan’, in Christopher M. Dent ed., China-Africa Development Relations (Palgrave, 2010).
  • ‘From non-interference to constructive engagement? China’s evolving relations with Sudan’, in Alden, Large and Soares de Oliveira eds., China Returns to Africa (op cit.), pp. 275-294.
  • ‘As the beginning ends: China’s return to Africa’, in Firoze Manji and Stephen Marks eds., African Perspectives on China (Oxford: Fahamu, 2007), pp. 153-168.
  • ‘The political economy of oil in Sudan: exacerbating conflict, undermining peace?’, in Oljespill: Afrikaarboka [Africa Yearbook] (Norwegian Council on Africa, 2007), pp. 171-179.
  • ‘China's role in armed conflict and post-war reconstruction in Africa: Sudan in comparative context’, in Luke Patey ed., Oil Development in Africa (Copenhagen, DIIS: 2007).
  • ‘China’s role in the mediation and resolution of conflict in Africa’, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Issue Brief (March 2008).
  • ‘Sudan’s foreign relations with Asia: China and the politics of ‘Looking East’, (Pretoria: Institute of Security Studies, 2008).
  • ‘Old Friend, New Actor: notes on the history of Sudan-China relations’, Sudan Studies 37,
    (April 2008), pp. 39-52.
  • ‘China and the changing context of development in Sudan’, Development 30 (2007), pp. 57-62.
  • ‘Arms, oil and Darfur: The evolution of relations between China and Sudan’, Small Arms Survey Issue Brief, No. 7 (Geneva: August 2007)

PhD Conferences

Select presentations

  • 'China's non-interference in Africa: principle, practices and the politics of difference', delivered at the conference, ‘China as the new ‘shaper’ of global development’, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 15-16 July 2010.
  • ‘China and the Darfur crisis’, at China-Africa Civil Society Forum on Peace and Development, Beijing, 2-4 June 2010.
  • ‘China, sovereignty and humanitarian intervention in Africa’, paper delivered at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies, Brussels, 17-19 May 2010.
  • Guest lecture, ‘China’s changing foreign relations with the Middle East’, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, 20 April 2010.
  • Seminar presentation, ‘Sudan’s transition and the role of China’, School of International Studies, Beijing University, 2 April 2010
  • Panel discussant, ‘Africa’s prospects for achieving the MDGs and the role of the international community’, at the Academic Conference on Peace and Development in Africa and China-Africa Cooperation’, Beijing International Hotel Convention Center, Beijing, 30-31 March 2010.
  • ‘The Astonishing meets the Fantastic Invasion: China, international humanitarianism and the political economy of violence in Sudan’, paper delivered at African Studies Association of India and Danish Institute of International Studies conference, New Delhi, 10 November 2009.
  • ‘Africa’s China relations: contending imaginaries, changing politics and the realities of consolidation’, paper delivered at ‘Africa in Contemporary International Relations’ conference, Grand Valley State University, Michigan, 21-22 September 2009.
  • ‘FOCAC 2006-2009: a review of political relations’, conference on ‘Taming the Dragon? Defining Africa’s Interests at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation’, Pretoria, 13-14 July 2009.
  • Panel presentation, ‘China’s Growing Impact on World Affairs’, with Bates Gill (SIPRI) and Dingli Shen (Fudan University, Shanghai), Geneva Centre for Security Policy, 15 June 2009.
  • ‘China’s exceptionalism in Africa: the challenges of delivering difference’, paper delivered at the Europe-China Academic Network conference, Brussels, 5 December 2008.
  • ‘A turbulent state: the changing politics of Chinese engagement with Sudan’, seminar paper at St. Anthony’s College, University of Oxford, 2 December 2008.
  • ‘China, India and the politics of expansive engagement in Sudan’, conference paper at Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, 22-23 September 2008.
  • ‘The role of Chinese SOEs in conflict and stability in Africa’, presentation at the Dutch Institute for International Affairs/Pax Christi conference, the Hague, 30 May 2008.
  • ‘China: an emerging actor in global humanitarian assistance?’, paper delivered at the Oxfam America/Stimson Centre, Washington, D.C., 19 May 2008.
  • ‘China’s aid to Sudan, with reference to Darfur’, New School, New York, 25 April 2008.
  • ‘China rising: whither Taiwan in Africa?’, European Association of Taiwan Studies, Prague, 18-20 April 2008.
  • ‘Is China taking over Africa?’, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 3 March 2008.
  • “China is not alone”: the political economy of resource extraction in Sudan’, Copenhagen, Danish Institute for International Studies, 11 December 2007.
  • ‘Armed conflict in Sudan: appraising the Chinese role’, University of Stellenbosch conference, 24-25 October 2007.
  • ‘China and the politics of ‘legitimate’ development in Africa’, Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London, 29 August 2007.
  • 'Chinese Business and African Development: Exploring 'Post-Conflict' Dimensions', workshop on ‘Rethinking Africa’s ‘China Factor’’, UCLA, 27 April 2007.
  • ‘China's role in armed conflict and post-war reconstruction in Africa: Sudan in comparative context’, conference paper, University of Khartoum, 27 January 2007.
  • ‘The politics of China’s relations with Africa: the case of Sudan’, seminar paper, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, 27 May 2005.


  • Research Associate, South African Institute of International Affairs
  • Research Advisory Group member, British Institute in Eastern Africa
  • Member, ESRC Emerging Powers Network
  • Director, Sudan Open Archive, www.sudanarchive.net
  • Executive Committee, Sudan Studies Society of the UK