Zambia’s developing international relations

‘Positive neutrality’ and global partnerships
Research paper Published 7 March 2023 ISBN: 978 1 78413 555 3 DOI: 10.55317/9781784135553
Kazungula bridge connecting Zambia and Botswana.

In recent years, Zambia has changed its approach to international relations. The administration of President Hakainde Hichilema, elected in August 2021, has revived the country’s relationships with key Western partners, while maintaining links with China and the wider African continent.

Zambia is central to a number of global concerns, including as a participant of the G20 Common Framework for Debt Treatments; as a democratic state and potential African ally for the West; and as a valuable producer of natural resources required for the global green transition. 

This paper provides an overview of the latest developments in Zambia’s international relations and explores what these might mean for the world and the people of Zambia.