Author profile: Stephen Chan

Stephen Chan OBE was Foundation Dean of Law and Social Sciences at SOAS University of London, where he remains as Professor of World Politics. He has occupied many named chairs around the world, most recently the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Chair of Academic Excellence at Bir Zeit University in 2015, and the George Soros Chair of Public Policy at the Central European University in 2016. He was the 2010 International Studies Association Eminent Scholar in Global Development. As an international civil servant he helped pioneer modern electoral observation in Zimbabwe in 1980, worked in many post-conflict zones – where ‘post’ was a largely fictional if politic appellation – and continues to be seconded to many diplomatic initiatives around the world today. He is the author of Meditations on Diplomacy: Comparative Cases in Diplomatic Practice and Foreign Policy (2017).

The End Days of the World System? Before Armageddon the Long Nights of Ignorance

The End Days of the World System? Before Armageddon the Long Nights of Ignorance

It is impossible to turn religious enquiry into a foreign policy brief or accord it much utilitarian use in foreign policy formulation as it allows no options for actions.

Diplomacy and the End of Foreign Policy as We Know It

Diplomacy and the End of Foreign Policy as We Know It

The future global environment might depend less on the attractions of defining ‘rational actors’, and more on finding ways forward in much messier than before processes.

The Separability of Jihad

The Separability of Jihad

It may be in the social origins of the psychology of jihad, rather than in foreign policy, that we might best begin some meaningful work on exploring this phenomenon.

China’s Economic Multilateral Diplomacy

China’s Economic Multilateral Diplomacy

China seeks its moment of inclusion globally. Simultaneously, it seeks not just inclusivity but centrality within alternative forms of international organisation.

Insider and Outsider: Israel’s Demons in the New Millennium

Insider and Outsider: Israel’s Demons in the New Millennium

As Israel consolidated its place in the Middle East, few anymore questioned its right to exist – but many questioned its right to exist within its expansionist borders.

The World Unites and Disunites: Someone Must Try to Keep It Together

The World Unites and Disunites: Someone Must Try to Keep It Together

If Angelina Jolie speaks for refugees, even the most hard-hearted government listens. A curious populist horizontality has come to accompany the political hierarchy of the UN.

The Imponderables of Middle Eastern Diplomacy

The Imponderables of Middle Eastern Diplomacy

Unlike almost every other conflict, where borders have been inscribed in earlier agreements, those between Israel and Palestine have changed dramatically – with each change shrinking Palestine.

African Diplomacy and the Development of Self-Awareness

African Diplomacy and the Development of Self-Awareness

African diplomacy has not only come of age, but brings something new of benefit to the continent and possibly to the wider world.

China: When the Dragon Wakes

China: When the Dragon Wakes

Napoleon said that the world should beware the sleeping dragon, lest it awake. In his day, China was not only asleep but lost in a time before modernity.

The Rise and Fall of Europe: Unity and Challenge

The Rise and Fall of Europe: Unity and Challenge

Union allows the economic domination of a small economy like Greece; it does not allow within itself two competitive monoliths.

US and British Foreign Policy from One Regime Change to Another

US and British Foreign Policy from One Regime Change to Another

The US sense of being a sole hegemonic superpower is under challenge, even as it pulls along the UK and allows it to think of their relationship as special.

Theories of Foreign Policy and International Relations

Theories of Foreign Policy and International Relations

Diplomacy is not new. It has assumed various characteristics in the modern age, but the idea of sending emissaries to another state is old and was common to many cultures.

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A Ceremonial Ride into the Sunset for Mugabe?

Robert Mugabe, 91 in February 2015, assumed the chairmanship of the African Union; he may be more concerned about stage-managing his legacy than leading the continent.

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