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.
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
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, March 2019.
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
Benjamin Barton, 'Prospects for EU-China security cooperation in the age of the Belt and Road Initiative', Asia Dialogue, 2019
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
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.