mbnelson

Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University

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…

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, including […] Source: Africa’s Regional Powers Are Key to Climate Negotiations – But Will They Cooperate?

African Studies Courses at Wesleyan






While many offerings will take place this Spring, we do have a few courses offered this Fall, including: West African Dance I West African Dance II West African Music and Culture (Beginners) West African Music and Culture (Advanced) Africa in World Politics For some reason, several other courses are not yet listed online as African…

Africa and the Olympics






South Africa had a nice start to the Olympics as their football squad forced host Brazil to a draw in their first game. Meanwhile, Nigeria barely made it to its first football match, arriving in Rio just hours before playing Japan. It didn’t matter. Nigeria won 5-4. While most African countries have relatively small delegations,…

New Article: Africa’s Regional Powers and Climate Change Negotiations






Two pillars underpin Africa’s approach to climate change negotiations: One is the “African Common Position,” and the other is the development of a negotiating coalition for presenting that position. This report explores the roles that Africa’s regional powers—Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa—play in supporting this African approach. These regional powers do not share the…