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Benjamin Robin Barton

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Benjamin Barton is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR) at the University of Nottingham's Malaysia Campus. Dr Barton graduated in 2016 from a joint-PhD programme between King's College London (War Studies Department) and Hong Kong University. Prior to undertaking his doctoral degree, Dr Barton was a Research Assistant for the College of Europe's Chair of EU-China Relations, as well as a Teaching Assistant for the College of Europe's Department of EU International Relations & Diplomacy Studies. In parallel to pursuing his doctoral research project, Dr Barton accumulated more than three years experience working as a Project Manager for consultancies in Brussels and Paris specialised in putting together proposals and managing projects emanating from EU-funded research grants.

Expertise Summary

Dr Barton's areas of research specialisation include International Relations, International Security, EU-China relations (with a particular focus on bilateral dealings relative to the African continent), Chinese Foreign Policy and Global Political Economy.

Teaching Summary

Dr Barton's teaching and learning interests include EU Politics and Foreign/Security Policy, Chinese Foreign Policy, Global Political Economy and European History. At UNMC, he teaches into the… read more

Research Summary

Dr Barton's is currently researching China's expanding security footprint on the African continent, taking into account the repercussions of these both on China's application of its non-interference… read more

Dr Barton's teaching and learning interests include EU Politics and Foreign/Security Policy, Chinese Foreign Policy, Global Political Economy and European History. At UNMC, he teaches into the International Relations programmes both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Current Research

Dr Barton's is currently researching China's expanding security footprint on the African continent, taking into account the repercussions of these both on China's application of its non-interference principle within the context of its wider foreign policy practices as well as the impact that this expanding footprint is having on the security policy interests of local and other party powers, particularly those representing the European Union.

Past Research

Dr Barton's most recent publications include the following:

Books and Monographs

Political Trust and the Politics of Security Engagement: China and the European Union in Africa, Abingdon: Routledge, September 2017

Jing Men and Benjamin Barton (eds.), 中国,欧盟在非洲:欧中关系中的非洲因素 ('China and the European Union: Partners or Competitors in Africa?'), Beijing: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, December 2011

Jing Men and Benjamin Barton (eds.), China and the EU in Africa: Partners or Competitors?, Farnham: Ashgate Publishings, May 2011

Book chapters

Benjamin Barton, 'La politique sécuritaire de la Chine en Afrique : Vers une évolution de fond du principe de non-ingérence ?', in Sophie Wintgens and Xavier Aurégan (eds.), Les Dynamiques de la Chine en Afrique et Amérique Latine : Enjeux, Défis et Perspectives, Brussels: Éditions Academia, forthcoming 2018.

Benjamin Barton and Ariane de Bellefroid, 'China and the EU in Sub-Saharan Africa', in Jan Wouters, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Matthieu Burnay (eds.), EU-China in the World: Analysing Relations with Developing and Emerging Countries, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, February 2015

Benjamin Barton, 'The Emergence of the European External Action Service (EEAS): A Retrospective on the Institutional Wrangling for the Soul of European Diplomacy', in Dieter Mahncke and Sieglinde Gstöhl (eds.), European Union Diplomacy: Coherence, Unity and Effectiveness, Brussels: P.I.E. Pieter Lang Publishers, March 2012

Jing Men and Benjamin Barton, 'China's Soft Power: A Blessing or a Challenge to World Governance?', in Guo Sujian and Deng Zhenlai (eds.), China's Searches for Good Governance: Inside and Outside China, London: Palgrave Macmillan, October 2011

Refereed journal articles

Benjamin Barton, 'China's security policy in Africa: A new or false dawn for the evolution for the evolution of the application of China's non-interference principle?', South African Journal of International Affairs, 2018, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 413-434.

Benjamin Barton, 'The EU's Engagement of China in the Indian Ocean - Getting the People's Liberation Army Navy Onboard in the Fight against Somali Piracy', The RUSI Journal, 2013, vol. 158, no. 6, pp. 66-73

Non-refereed journal articles

Benjamin Barton, 'Puissance montante qui modifie les règles du jeu ?' ('China: A Rising Power Changing the Rules of the Game?'), La Revue Nouvelle - La Chine : Une puissance (-in)certain (The New Review - China: An uncertain power?), Issue 4, 2013, pp. 36-42

Paul Quinn and Benjamin Barton, 'Introduction - Making EU Diplomacy Work: Treaty Changes, Political Will and the Quiet Diplomacy Strategy?', in Paul Quinn (ed.), 'Making European Diplomacy Work: Can the EEAS Deliver?', EU Diplomacy Papers, 08/2011, pp. 5-9

Benjamin Barton, 'Book Review - Prospects and Challenges for EU-China Relations in the 21st Century: The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement', EU-China Observer, Issue 5, 2010, pp. 26-28

Benjamin Barton, 'EU-China-Africa Trichotomy: The EU, China and the Normative Power Concept on the African Continent', EU-China Observer, Issue 3, 2009, pp. 12-18

E-articles

Benjamin Barton, 'China's security footprint in Africa: Towards an evolution of the application of its non-interference principle?', Asia Dialogue, 2018

Benjamin Barton, 'Counter-Piracy Cooperation: A Case Study of the EU-China Strategic Partnership', The Glocal, 2013

Benjamin Barton, 'The EU-China Strategic Partnership: Counter-Piracy Cooperation Game-Changer?', e-International Relations, 2013

Newspaper article contributions

Sébastien Le Belzic, 'A Djibouti, « la Chine commence à déchanter »', Le Monde, 5 February 2018

Sébastien Le Belzic, 'Ces marques chinoises qui débarquent en Afrique', Le Monde, 22 January 2018

Zhang Ziyu, '大国角力非洲: 丰富资源和新兴市场引发投资热潮' ('The Big Power Struggle in Africa: Emerging Markets Triggering an Investment Boom in Abundant Energy Resources'), The Time Weekly (时代周报), 16 September 2014, p. 9

Zhang Ziyu, '中国人在非洲:挑战才开始' ('Chinese in Africa: Let the Challenge Begin'), The Time Weekly (时代周报), 31 May 2012, p. 11

Future Research

Dr Barton is keen to better understand how the dynamics of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative may further come to impact (or not) China's expanding security footprint on the African continent.

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