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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…

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?

Fall 2015 Notes






Classes are about to start! This semester, you can find out more about my courses via the following websites (which are in the process of being updated this week). International Law: http://internationallaw.site.wesleyan.edu/ Africa in World Politics: http://africanworldpolitics.site.wesleyan.edu/ My office hours are tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays, 11 am – 12 noon, and by appointment. I will…

How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang | Alexandre Afonso






From: How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang | Alexandre Afonso. With a constant supply of new low-level drug sellers entering the market and ready to be exploited, drug lords can become increasingly rich without needing to distribute their wealth towards the bottom. You have an expanding mass of rank-and-file “outsiders” ready to forego income for…

Richard A. Elphick (History) Nominated for the Herskovits Award






Our very own Professor of History, Richard A. Elphick, has been nominated for the African Studies Association’s Melville J. Herskovits Award for his book, The Equality of Believers: Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa (Charlottesville, and London: University of Virginia Press, 2012). The Award honors the most outstanding book published in African…

Campus Event: Africa in China






Colloquium – Su Zheng, Li Yinbei, Ma Chengcheng, Sun Yan Exploring Music in China’s New African Diaspora—An Innovative U.S.-China Team Research Project This Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Location: Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Time: 4:15 p.m. Since the 1990s, African traders and investors have made their way to China as a result of the…