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Stephen Chan

Stephen Chan

Professor of World Politics, SOAS, University of London

Stephen Chan was awarded an OBE for "services to Africa and higher education" in the summer of 2010, alongside receiving the 2010 Eminent Scholar in Global Development award of the International Studies Association.

Professor Chan has published 27 books on international relations and more than 200 articles and reviews in the academic and specialist press, as well as over 100 journalistic feature articles. His books include Robert Mugabe: A Life of Power and Violence, Kaunda and Southern Africa: Image and Reality in Foreign Policy, and Citizen of Africa: Conversations with Morgan Tsvangirai. His most recent work is The End of Certainty: Towards a New Internationalism.

He participated in the transition to independence of Zimbabwe, the reconstruction of Uganda after the fall of Idi Amin, and also advised and trained government ministries in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Kenya. He established a consortium that trained the Eritrean Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately before and after independence in 1993. He was also part of a consortium that trained the parliamentarians and ministers of post-Dergue Ethiopia from 1998-9. From 2006-7 he was a member of the Africa-China-US Trilateral Dialogue, an effort to establish a common set of principles to help govern the emerging trade wars involving the three continents.

Zambia: debt, unpaid salaries and a poor harvest have sown seeds of crisis

May 02, 2019 17:46 pm UTC| Insights & Views

In the volatile landscape of southern Africa, Zambia is often overlooked. It played a huge role in the liberation struggles of its neighbours. The ANC, banned in South Africa by the apartheid government, established its...

New hope in Nigeria, but Zimbabwe struggles with the same old problems

Dec 04, 2018 16:39 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

There has been a sense of transition in both Nigeria and Zimbabwe recently. In Nigeria, Obiageli Oby Ezekwesili launched her presidential election campaign. She is not expected to win in the 2019 election. At best, she...

Zimbabwe: troubled nation now faces tough foreign policy choices

Oct 04, 2018 14:34 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

The toxic presidency of Mugabe may be over, but the new Zimbabwean government of Emerson Mnangagwa must quickly make some hard foreign policy decisions if it is to change the countrys fortunes. For so far no major foreign...

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Economy

QE by the RBA likely to result in lower bond yields in Australia, says Capital Economics

The decline in bond yields in Australia and New Zealand throughout 2019 has paused in recent months following optimism about a potential trade deal between the US and China and hawkish language from the Fed, according to...

EM Asian currencies likely to weaken further amid increasing risk aversion, says Scotiabank

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Korea-Japan conflict likely to reduce Japan’s GDP by no more than 0.1 pct this year, says Capital Economics

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Politics

Melania Trump maintains silence on impeachment investigations

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UK election 2019: hundreds of thousands of people could be in the wrong place when it's time to vote

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Science

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Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here's a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future

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Technology

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CD Projekt Red meets negative response over the decision to make ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ completely FPS

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Blizzard keeps main campaign missions in ‘Warcraft 3: Reforged’

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‘The Last of Us Part 2’s’ main protagonist is more brutal but not entirely heartless

Naughty Dogs video games are known for having very intricately written gameplay plots. This is why, aside from the game upgrades, many fans are excited to see how Ellies character will develop as she continues her journey...
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