Cancelled – Israel in Africa: Security, Migration, Interstate Politics by Yotam Gidron



7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London
10 Thornhaugh Street



Please note – this event is postponed until further notice due to coronavirus COVID-19


Launch of the latest book in the African Arguments series.


Amidst the turmoil of the Middle East, few have noticed the extent to which Israel has slowly but surely been building alliances on the African continent. Facing a growing international backlash, Israel has had to look beyond its traditional Western allies for support, and many African governments in turn have been happy to receive Israeli political support, security assistance, investments and technology. But what do these relationships mean for Africa, and for wider geopolitics?


From Africa’s authoritarian development politics and the rise of Born-Again Christianity to Israel’s thriving high-tech and arms industries, from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the migration of Africans to Israel and back again, Gidron provides a comprehensive analysis of the various forces and actors shaping Israel’s controversial relationships with countries on the continent. In particular, the book demonstrates that Israel’s interest in Africa forms part of a wider diplomatic effort, aimed at blocking Palestine’s pursuit of international recognition.


Though the scale of Israeli-African engagements has been little appreciated until now, the book reveals how contemporary African and Middle Eastern politics and societies interact and impact each other in profound ways.


Yotam Gidron is a researcher whose writing focuses on migration, state-society relations, and popular culture in Africa and Israel/Palestine. He has worked with human rights organisations in Israel and in East Africa, and is currently pursuing a PhD in African History at Durham University.


Join us for the book launch with author Yotam Gidron, chaired by Raga Makawi, Sudanese Activist and Editor at Zed Books & African Arguments.


About the Series

Written by experts with an unrivalled knowledge of the continent, African Arguments is a series of concise, engaging books that address the key issues currently facing Africa. Topical and thought-provoking, accessible but in-depth, they provide essential reading for anyone interested in getting to the heart of both why contemporary Africa is the way it is and how it is changing. The African Arguments series is published for the International African Institute by Zed Books in association with the Royal African Society.


Copies of Israel in Africa: Security, Migration, Interstate Politics by Yotam Gidron will be on sale at the event.


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