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Folashade Soule

Folashade Soule

Senior Research Associate, University of Oxford
I am a Senior research associate at the University of Oxford and a former postdoctoral reseacher of the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders fellowship programme. I hold a PhD (summe cum laude) in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris. Since defending her PhD, I have been a postdoctoral researcher at the London School of Economics (LSE), and a part-time Lecturer in International Relations and Political Science (Africa and Global Politics; the Politics of Globalization; International Political Economy).

My current research investigates the negotiation practices of francophone African governments when dealing with China (infrastructure projects). It is at the intersection of negotiation practice theory and the study of (agency) in IR. I have published several articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Global Governance, Afrique contemproaine, Foro Internacional and Cahiers des Amériques Latines. As a policy-facing academic, connecting policy and research, I have been acted as an international strategy consultant for the OECD, the French Development Agency (AFD), the Presidency of Benin, and consultancy firms (Oxford Analytica, Ernst&Young, Deloitte). I have also trained young diplomats and military civil servants in Bamako, Mali in methodology and analytical tools in international relations.

China Crisis Series

How popular is China in Africa? New survey sheds light on what ordinary people think

Nov 18, 2020 03:36 am UTC| Economy

Its been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar, Senegal. Meanwhile, Chinese and African officials are reviewing and reflecting on their...

How to negotiate infrastructure deals with China: four things African governments need to put right

Jan 04, 2019 16:02 pm UTC| Insights & Views

You dont negotiate with China ! I was quickly told when I started interviewing African public servants about their infrastructure deals with Beijing. There is a widespread view in Africa that you accept whatever terms are...

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Economy

Instant noodle export in South Korea reached new high record amid the pandemic

South Korea is a country where instant noodles are very much loved by its citizens. In fact, there is no home in the country that does not have even a pack of instant noodles that they called ramyeon. New record for the...

Australian activewear company fined AU$5 million for declaring its clothes can prevent the spread of COVID-19

Lorna Jane, an Australian activewear company, was recently fined AU$5 million after claiming that its new line of active clothing can stop the spread of COVID-19. The firm said that its clothing could eliminate the virus,...

Cheerios, Harley-Davidson, Kimberly Clark were forced to raise prices due to inflation

Cheerios, Harley-Davidson, Kimberly Clark, and Whirlpool are just some of the companies in the United States that are raising the prices of their products. The price increases were said to be due to higher costs of...

GM, Cruise sue Ford for alleged copyright infringement over ‘BlueCruise’ term

GM and its subsidiary Cruise LLC have sued Ford Motor over the use of the BlueCruise name that refers to the hands-free driving technology. The filing of the lawsuit was revealed on Saturday, July 24. Copyright...

Politics

Joe Biden heckled at Virginia campaign rally for Terry McAuliffe

Both political parties are gearing up for what is going to be a cutthroat 2022 election race. While campaigning for former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, US President Joe Biden was faced with hecklers at the...

Nancy Pelosi appoints Rep. Adam Kinzinger to Jan. 6 select committee

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has most of the 13-member panel that will investigate the January 6 insurrection. Pelosi announced this week that she has appointed another House Republican to fill in another spot for the...

Kevin McCarthy pressured by House Freedom Caucus to force vote to oust Nancy Pelosi

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is facing pressure from many as of late, especially towards the formation of the House Select Committee to probe the January 6 insurrection. Now, the House Freedom Caucus is...

North Korea: Crackdown on South Korean influence continues as women forced to call lovers 'male comrades'

Pyongyang has taken efforts to diminish its fears of its citizens getting influenced by South Korean culture. North Korea further continues its crackdown on South Korean influence in the isolated nation, by forcing women...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

‘Final Fantasy 16’ producer says English dub recording is being prioritized

Final Fantasy 16 is possibly one of the most anticipated games for the new-generation consoles, even though Square Enix has yet to announce some details about the title. Luckily, fans recently got a small update about its...

Valve confirms Steam Deck has an FPS limiter

Valve has offered some clarifications on the expected performance of the upcoming Steam Deck. Some PC gamers were a little concerned when it was implied in an earlier interview that the device would be targeting 30 frames...

Apple Face ID could reach the Mac lineup in a couple of years

Apples facial recognition technology called Face ID is currently limited to the premium iPhones and iPad Pro, but that may not be the case in the coming years. The use of Face ID is expected to expand to Mac devices, but...

‘Genshin Impact’ leaks reveal details about Raiden Shogun, Watasumi area, and new fishing mechanics

The latest patch for Genshin Impact was just released, but leaks about the content arriving in version 2.1 are already all over the internet. It has been reported that a new playable character will be released, along with...

‘Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – Siege of Paris’ could be released in early August

It has been a while since Ubisoft announced that the next Assassins Creed: Valhalla DLC would be titled Siege of Paris. The developer has yet to provide a release date, however, it appears that the information was briefly...
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