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Dr Stephen Chan

ESEA for Labour Ambassador

About Dr Stephen Chan

Dr Stephen Chan is Professor of International Relations at School of African & Oriental Studies, University of London. He began his academic career as a lecturer in International Relations at University of Zambia in 1983 then worked briefly as a visiting lecturer at the University of Wellington before moving on to academic posts at the University of Kent, then Nottingham Trent University, where he was Dean of Humanities.

He joined SOAS in 2002 as Professor of International Relations and served as Dean of Law & Social Sciences for five years from 2002 to 2007. 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.


Particularly notable are his 2002 biography of Mugabe (Robert Mugabe: A Life of Power and Violence), his 1991 book on Zambian issues (Kaunda and Southern Africa: Image and Reality in Foreign Policy) and his 2006 volume of interviews with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (Citizen of Africa: Conversations with Morgan Tsvangirai).


He was awarded an OBE for 'services to Africa and to higher education' in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours’ list and his most recent work is The End of Certainty.

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