This post-doctoral project is structured around the first comparative study of the security capacity-building that Brazil, India and China currently provide in Africa. It is based on three key premises. First, that the debate over the external engagements of rising powers overlooks the use of security-related tools. Secondly, that Africa may prove a useful case-study to test the implications of the security capacity-building provided by such actors. And thirdly, that such issue can highlight different ways for these countries to both rise and fall in terms of their wider envisioned ambitions. Hence, this project will unpack the modalities of capacity-building supplied as well as the competition with other countries that may compromise such efforts. In a bid to offer an original contribution to the area, I aim to highlight alternative paths to both emerge and recede in the present global order by means of different, yet still understudied, security- driven approaches.