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Sanusha Naidu

Sanusha Naidu is a Senior Researcher. Ms. Naidu holds a Masters in International Relations from Staffordshire University, UK. Prior to joining the Open Society Foundation-South Africa, she was senior researcher in the Democracy Governance and Service Delivery program at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and before that, Research Director of the China/Emerging Powers Project at Fahamu. Ms. Naidu also served in various capacities including Research Fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies (University of Stellenbosch), Researcher specialist in the Integrated Rural and Regional Development Program at the HSRC between 2001-2006, Senior Africa Researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and lectured in the Political Science Department at the former University of Durban Westville.

Her areas of specialization include South African foreign policy, Africa's international relations and political economy and more recently the rise of the emerging powers (namely China and India) in Africa. She has presented at various national and international conferences and has an extensive publication record including two edited books:Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Africa and China (with Dr. Kweku Ampiah: University of KwaZulu Natal Press) and African and Chinese Perspectives on China in Africa (with Axel Harniet-Sievers and Stephen Marks: Fahamu Books) and a special edition of the Politikon journal on Africa's Relations with the Emerging Powers (with Lucy Corkin and Hayley Herman: 2009, vol. 36, Issue 1).Ms. Naidu is a regular media commentator.


  • China in Africa
  • Sustainable Development
  • Political Economy of South Africa


  • MA (Staffordshire University)

Library Articles

South Africa and FOCAC: Enabling a Partnership for Global Economic Governance Beyond the BRICS?

"In December 2015, South Africa will host the first Heads of State Summit of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Africa. Given the high level status accorded to the 6th FOCAC meeting, the forum promises to further enhance relations between China and African countries through a package of political, economic, social and cultural deals and exchanges that will be implemented over...

Mozambique: A lasting peace?

"Mozambique is perhaps the most successful state in the region in terms of its recent economic progress.Yet as one makes one's way from the airport to downtown Maputo, one is immediately struck by the image of two opposed worlds collapsed into one. It is characterised by streets whose pavements are crowded with informal traders and whose empty spaces are invaded by shanty-towns, while...