Understanding China’s Media Propaganda in Africa

Keough School Washington Office | Zoom Webinar
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., March 16, 2023

This event has now concluded. A full length recording is available below.

As China works to expand its influence across Africa, it has focused on news media as a powerful tool for shaping public opinion. 

What does this propaganda campaign entail? How is China working to improve African perceptions of China and its political system, while simultaneously creating negative impressions of the United States? And what does this mean for the US, China, and Africa? 

Join us to hear from a panel of experts. The conversation will draw on insights from a forthcoming USIP report written by Joshua Eisenman, associate professor of politics at the Keough School. Research for the report included an extensive analysis of Chinese government statements and documents, as well as interviews with more than 200 policymakers, officials, journalists, and civil society representatives from China, Africa, and beyond. Discussion will also build upon Eisenman’s earlier work with the China-Global South Initiative (a joint effort between the Keough School’s Pulte Institute for Global Development and the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub).

This event is presented by the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and its Pulte Institute for Global Development, and the United States Institute of Peace.  


Joshua Eisenman

Associate Professor of Politics, Keough School of Global Affairs

Ambassador Derek Mitchell

President, National Democratic Institute

Anita Plummer

Assistant Professor, Howard University

Henry Tugendhat

Senior Policy Analyst, China, United States Institute of Peace

Ellie Young

Research Analyst for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Freedom House