A diplomatic conduit: the role of science diplomacy in Africa

Masters, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-1053-8977, 2024. A diplomatic conduit: the role of science diplomacy in Africa. In: S. Botha and J.-A. van Wyk, eds., Key issues in African diplomacy: developments and achievements. Bristol University Press, pp. 121-136. ISBN 9781529222579

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The link between science, technology, and innovation (STI) and diplomacy is not new. Examples of formal diplomatic relations between states focused on science date back to the 1800s. Research in understanding these relations has, however, been playing catchup. This has seen concepts such as science diplomacy, digital diplomacy, and cyber diplomacy gaining traction in Diplomatic Studies. While work continues in unpacking the value of these typologies, STI continues to be singled out for its role in supporting peace and security, development, and integration across Africa. Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), vaccination development, information and communication technology, play an increasing role in addressing the transnational challenges facing the continent. The problem is that technology transfer and scientific engagement retains a hierarchical structure between developed and developing countries, bringing criticism of limited scope and lack of recipient ownership, rather than promoting partnerships. Through exploratory analysis this chapter considers developments in science diplomacy and its role in Africa’s inter- and intra-national relations, arguing that while there has been increased cooperation in science, technology and innovation this has not translated into a significant role for science diplomacy in addressing inequalities in the global structure. This discussion aims to move analysis beyond merely addressing the meaning of science diplomacy, to considering questions of capacity, application, and role of science diplomacy in practice.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Masters, L.
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Date: 25 June 2024
ISBN: 9781529222579
Rights: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of a chapter published in Key issues in African diplomacy: developments and achievements. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Masters, L. (2024). A diplomatic conduit: the role of science diplomacy in Africa. In S. Botha, & J. van Wyk (Eds.), Key issues in African diplomacy: developments and achievements (121-136). Bristol University Press is available online at: https://doi.org/10.51952/9781529222593.ch009
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 01 Jul 2024 09:33
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2024 09:33
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/51655

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