My Post at New Security Beat

Most African states are more vulnerable and less prepared to address climate change challenges than the rest of the world. This observation is supported by a wide variety of sources,…

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Post from Brady ’15, based on her thesis research






From Aleta Brady (Wesleyan ’15): “Midriver states have an important position and role to play in transboundary river basins as they intimately understand the needs and concerns of both their upriver and downriver neighbors. Midriver states also have a more complex perspective of their “rights” based on their combined upstream/downstream interests. This aspect is being…

Legislative Gender Quotas… Argentina and Mexico… Talk on Sept 22






From the Government Department: Prof. Jennifer Piscopo (Occidental College) to speak this Thursday, September 22, on “Legislative Gender Quotas and Feminist Policymaking in Argentina and Mexico.” The talk is in PAC 002 at 4:30 PM. Please join us, and please announce the talk in your classes. Talk description: Legislative Gender Quotas and Feminist Policymaking in…

A Quick Look at Gabon’s Electoral Crisis






By CIA – CIA World Factbook, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=610267 For the past week, Gabon has been facing a major political crisis, sparked by disputed poll results. According to Reuters, incumbent President Ali Bongo was reported to have won with 49.80 percent of the vote. Challenger Jean Ping, in those official polls, had just missed the…

Election Year Opportunities






Students! It is an election year, which means it can be a great time to get involved in politics. Some possibilities: General Election Participation Connecticut League of Women’s Voters Help inform voters! General Website Connecticut Citizen Election Audit Help protect the integrity of the electoral process! General Website Common Cause Connecticut Help promote voter registration…

My new book, now available in Hardback AND Kindle.






African Coalitions and Global Economic Governance Cambridge University Press, 2016 [Cambridge] [Amazon] [Barnes and Noble] Abstract: The proliferation of international institutions with overlapping scope and authority over issue areas creates strategic dilemmas for all states. While African states are often considered marginalised in world politics and global markets, Michael Byron Nelson shows how coalitions can…