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Department of Politics and International Studies

Mr Jeremy Taylor

BSocSci (University KwaZulu-Natal) Cum Laude; BSocSci (Honours) (University KwaZulu-Natal) Summa Cum Laude; MA (University KwaZulu-Natal) Cum Laude


Jeremy Taylor
Mr Jeremy Taylor
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Thesis title:
“Japan is back.” Japan’s (re)engagement in Africa:The Case of South Sudan
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PhD Research

South Sudan became the world’s newest country in July 2011, and the country has become an emerging location for competing interests as it searches for allies, donors, and investors.  Against this backdrop my research seeks to identify and analyse Japan’s re-focused and re-energised Africa strategy through analysis of Japan’s engagement in South Sudan which ranges from development aid and investment, to the deployment of peacekeeping troops.   

The evolving debates within Japan about how to reinvigorate the economy, secure resources, ensure energy security and respond to the rise of China are all reflected in Japan’s relations with Africa - and nowhere are these more apparent than in South Sudan. A fragile strategically located frontier state with oil reserves, agricultural and mineral potential, as well as the need for extensive infrastructure investments; combined with post-conflict political fragility, create a compelling context to measure the evolution of Japan’s Africa policies.  

PhD Publications

Media publications:

PhD Conferences

  • ‘Sino-Japanese Relations Research Network’ workshop, University of Leeds, 8 – 9 July  2013
  • ‘Sino-Japanese relations and the question of energy competition’ presented at the Harvard East Asia Society Graduate conference 22 - 24 February 2013


  • Commonwealth Scholarship Commission – Scholarship awardee
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – Postgraduate Study Tour awardee in South Sudan
  • Waseda University Tokyo, Visiting researcher (September – December 2013)   


Japanese strategic engagement in Africa, Sino-Japanese relations, Sudan-South Sudan relations, International Relations theory