Douglas YATES

   Associate Professor of Anglo-American Law

 

Formation

  • Ph.D. (Political Science), Boston University (1994)
  • M.A.  (Political Science), Boston University (1991)
  • B.A. (Law and Society), University of California at Santa Barbara (1987)

Positions

  • Associate Professor of Anglo-American Law, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France (since 1996)
  • Assistant Professor of International & Comparative Politics American, University of Paris, France (1996-2014)
  • Lecturer in Department of Political Science, California State University at Long Beach (1995)
  • Grader, Harvard University Extension (1992)
  • Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University (1990-93)
  • Teaching Fellow in Department of Political Science, Boston University (1988-1993)   

Specialities

  • Constitutional Law
  • Common Law
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Evidence
  • Research Methods and Methodology
  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • European Politics
  • French Politics
  • African Politics
  • Political Economy of Developing Countries
  • Political Economy of Oil

Publications

Books

  • The Scramble for African Oil: Oppression, Corruption and War for Control of Africa’s Natural Resources, London: Pluto Press, 2012
  • The French Oil Industry and the Corps des Mines in Africa, Trenton NJ/Asmara: Africa World Press, 2009
  • The Historical Dictionary of Gabon, 3rd edition, Co-author David Gardinier, Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 2006
  • Oil Policy in the Gulf of Guinea: Security & Conflict, Economic Growth, Social Development, Bonn: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Co-editor Rudolf Traub-Merz, 2004
  • The Rentier State in Africa: Oil-Rent Dependency & Neocolonialism in the Republic of Gabon, Trenton NJ/Asmara: Africa World Press, 1996

Chapters in edited volumes

  • “Modern Dynastic Rule,” Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, Sandy Maisel, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2014: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2015)
  • “The Rise and Fall of Oil-Rentier States in Africa,” in J. Andrew Grant, W.R. Nadège Compaoré & Matthew I. Mitchell, eds. New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2013: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2014)
  • “Port-Gentil: From Forestry Capital to Energy Capital,” in Joseph A. Pratt, Martin V. Melosi & Kathleen A. Brosnan, Energy Capitals: Local Impact, Global Influence (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014)
  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2012: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2013)
  • “France, the EU, and Africa,” in Adekeye Adebajo & Kaye Whiteman, The EU and Africa: From Eurafrique to Afro-Europa (London: Hurst & Co. 2012)
  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2011: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2012)
  • “Oil, Rebel Movements and Armed Conflict in Africa,” in Alain Beltran, ed. Oil and War/Le pétrole et la guerre (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2012)
  • “Democracy and Authoritarianism in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, Richard Valelly, ed. OBO-0302.R1 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012). www.oxfordbibliographies.com
  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2010: Politics Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2011)
  • “Evaluating Governance in Africa’s Oil Sector,” in Jamila Abubakar, Kenneth Omeje & Habu Galadima, eds. Conflict of Securities: Reflections on State and Human Security in Africa (London: Adonis & Abbey, 2010)
  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2009: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2010)
  • “Life Stories and Family Histories of the French Oil Industry,” in Alain Beltran, ed. A Comparative History of National Oil Companies, (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2010)
  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2008: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2009)
  • “UNESCO in Africa,” in Adekeye Adebajo, ed. From Global Apartheid to Global Village: Africa and the United Nations, with a forward by Boutros-Boutros Ghali (Scottsville, South Africa: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press, 2009)
  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2007: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2008)
  • “French Puppet, Chinese Strings: Gabon and China,” in Kweku Ampiah & Sanusha Naidu, eds. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? China and Africa: Engaging the World’s Next Superpower (Cape Town/Scottsville: Center for Conflict Resolution/University of KwaZulu-Natal Press 2008)
  • “The Resource Curse Thesis,” in Max Liniger-Goumaz, Guinea Ecuatorial: Bibliografía General, Vol. XV (Geneva: Editions du Temps, 2007)
  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2006: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2007)
  • “Chinese Oil Interests in Africa,” in Garth le Pere, ed. China in Africa: Mercantilist Predator, or Partner in Development? (Midrand/Johannesburg: Institute for Global Dialogue/South African Institute of International Affairs, 2006)
  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2005: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2006)
  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2004: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2005)
  • “France, Britain and the United States,” in West Africa Security Challenges: Building Peace in a Troubled Region.  Adekeye Adebajo & Ismail Rashid, eds. (Boulder: Lynne Riener, 2004)
  • “Neo-Petromonialism in Gabon,” in Resource Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa, Andreas Mehler & Matthias Basedau, eds. (Hamburg: Institute of African Affairs, 2004)
  • “France’s Elf Scandals,” in Where Corruption Lives, Gerald Caiden, O.P. Dwivedi & Joseph Jabbra (Bloomfield CT: Kumarian Press, 2001)
  • “The United States, France and Equatorial Guinea,” Mélanges Euro-Africains, Luis Ondo Ayang (Madrid: Claves Para El Futuro, 2001)

Scholarly journals

  • Review of John Heilbrunn’s Oil, Democracy, and Development in Africa in the Journal of Modern African Studies Vol. 53 No. 1, March 2015
  • Review of Judith Scheele’s Village Matters: Knowledge, Politics & Community in Kabila, Algeria in Africa Review of Books, March 2011
  • Review of Sarah Raine’s China’s African Challenges, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 83, No. 3, 2010
  • “The French Connection” Global Dialogue, Vol. 13.1, Johannesburg: Institute for Global Dialogue, March 2008
  • “The Scramble for African Oil,” South African Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 13, No. 2, Winter/Spring, 2006
  • Review of Leo Panitch and Colin Leys (eds), The New Imperial Challenge: Socialist Register 2004, New Political Science, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2004
  • Review of Daniel Lindenberg, “Le rappel à l’ordre: Enquête sur les nouveaux réactionnaires, New Political Science, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2003
  • Review of Ali Rahnema, An Islamic Utopian: A Political Biography of Ali Shari’ati, New Political Science, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2001
  • “L’aide au développement international: réformes en France, en Grande-Bretagne et aux Etats-Unis,” Revue Française de Géoéconomie, no. 12, Paris: Economica, 2000
  • Review of Jacques Derrida, La Contre Allée, New Political Science, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2000
  • Review of Pierre Bourdieu, La Domination Masculine, New Political Science, Vol. 21, No. 4, 1999
  • “Oil and the Franco-American Rivalry,” l’Afrique Politique 1997, Paris: Karthala, 1998

Conference papers

  • University of Cambridge, “French Military Intervention in Africa,” 26th Biennial Conference of the African Studies Association of the UK, Cambridge, England (8 Sep 2016)
  • London School of Economics, “Modern Dynastic Rule in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea,” Kuwait Program, London, England (17 Oct 2015)
  • German Development Institute, “Scramble for African Oil,” 13th Annual Global Governance School, Bonn, Germany (10 Sep 2015)
  • University of Kassel, “Scramble for African Oil,” Oil Rents and Politics Workshop, Kassel, Germany (13 Dec 2013)
  • Institut Français du Proche-Orient, “Ethnicity, Violence and Oil Rent in Gabon,” Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq (8 Oct 2013)
  • Center for Conflict Resolution, “French Peacekeeping Role in Africa,” Stellenbosch, South Africa (30 Aug 2013)
  • Voronezh State University, “The Guéant Memorandum: What Are the Effects on Internationalization of Higher Education?” Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges (GAUC), Voronezh, Russia (25 May 2012)
  • Xi’an International University, “Evaluation of Educational Reforms in France: Better Climate for International Partners?” Global Advancement of Private Universities and Colleges (GAPUC) Xi’an, China (29 May 2011)
  • Chatham House, “Resolving Governance Challenges,” at Conference on Oil Politics in Africa, St. Mary’s Guild Hall, University of Coventry, England (16 Nov 2011)
  • United States Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, “History of Gabon,” Ambassadorial Seminar, Army/Navy Club, Washington D.C. (4 Oct 2010)
  • United States Department of State, Africa Regional Services, Speakers Program, “Youth Engagement in the Political Process,” Conakry, Guinea (16-21 Aug 2009)
  • International Political Science Association, “Enhancing Governance in Africa’s Oil Sector,” 21st World Congress of Political Science, Santiago, Chile (12-16 July 2009)
  • South African Institute of International Affairs, “Enhancing Governance in Africa’s Oil Sector,” Governance of African Resources Project (GARP), Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (22-29 Nov 2008)
  • Centre for Conflict Resolution, “Gabon and China,” Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? China and Africa: Engaging the World’s Next Superpower, Policy Seminar, Cape Town, South Africa (17-18 Sept 2007)
  • Centre for Conflict Resolution, “France, Britain, & China: Good Samaritans?” Africa’s Responsibility to Protect/Policy Advisory Group Seminar, Cape Town, South Africa (23-24 April 2007)
  • United States Department of Defense, Joint Information Operations Warfare Command, “Strengths and Weaknesses of China/US Approaches to Africa: Resource Development and Trade,” China in Africa Today Seminar, San Antonio, Texas (6-7 March 2007)
  • United States Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, “China’s Interests in African Oil,” Arlington, Virginia (4 Dec 2006)
  • United States Department of State, Africa Regional Services, Speakers Program, “The Coming Generation: How Young Political Leaders Can Influence Their Country’s Future,” Nouakchott, Kaedi & Kiffa, Mauritania (28 Oct – 3 Nov 2006)
  • International Political Science Association, “The Scramble for African Oil.” 20th World Congress, Fukuoka, Japan (9-13 July 2006)
  • World Association for Island Studies, “A Tale of Two Islands: Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé & Príncipe.” 6th Peace Island Forum, Jeju Island, South Korea (5-7 July 2006)
  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung/Institute for Global Dialogue, “Chinese Oil Interests in Africa,” Johannesburg (15-22 Oct 2005)
  • International Political Science Association, “The Scramble for African Oil.” Research Committee 49, Globalization or Imperialism? Oxford University (2-4 July 2004)
  • Heinrich Böll Foundation. “Oil and Poverty,” Conference on Transparency and Oil-Exporting Countries in Africa and Central Asia. Berlin (27-28 May 2004)
  • Ministry of Finance and Economy. “La génération de la Croix de Guerre,” Comité pour l’Histoire Economique et Financière de la France. Paris (10 February 2004)
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). “Life Stories and Family Histories of the French Oil Industry,” Institut d’Histoire du Temps Present. Paris (27-28 November 2003)
  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. “Changing Patterns of Direct Foreign Investment in the Gulf of Guinea.” Yaoundé, Cameroon (29 Sept – 5 Oct 2003).
  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. “Oil States in Francophone Africa,” Conference on Oil in the Gulf of Guinea. Berlin (4-5 June 2003).
  • Transparency International. “The Elf Scandals,” 11th Annual Anti-Corruption Conference. Seoul, South Korea (24-27 May 2003).
  • Catholic Relief Services. “The Theory of the Rentier State and Poverty Alleviation,” Extractive Industries Initiative Workshop. Kribi, Cameroon (April 2002).
  • International Peace Academy/ECOWAS. “France, Britain and the United States,” Pax Africana: Building Peace in a Troubled Region. Abuja, Nigeria (21-29 September 2001)
  • Institut fuer Afrika-Kunde, “Role of Elf in African Oil Exporting Countries and Europe,” Hamburg, Germany (18 January 2001)
  • United States Information Service, Africa Regional Services, Speakers Program, “Democracy and Elections.” Cotonou, Benin & Lomé, Togo (13-22 October 2000)
  • American Political Science Association. “A Qualitative Analysis of French Political Cartoons,” 96th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Washington, D.C. (31 August-3 September 2000)
  • United States Information Service, Africa Regional Services, Speakers Program, “Democracy and Elections,” Dakar, Senegal & Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (15-26 May 2000)
  • Sorbonne (University of Paris), “Clinton v New York: The Separation of Powers and the Legislative Veto,” Anglo-Saxon Law Graduate Program, Paris (5 November 1999)
  • American Political Science Association. “Clinton v Jones: The Monicagate Affair,” 95th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Atlanta (2-5 September 1999)
  • American Political Science Association. “The French Oil Industry and the Corps des Mines,” 94th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Boston (3-6 September 1998)

Political journalism

  • “Non-African Specialist for Africa,” Africa Week, May 2004
  • “Implications of the Franco-American crisis,” West Africa, 5-11 May 2003
  • “Elf oil scandal in Africa,” West Africa, 28 April – 4 May, 2003
  • “Coping with insecurity,” West Africa, 7-13 April 2003
  • “The counter summit,” West Africa, 3-9 March 2003
  • “Will Kribi become another Ogoniland?” West Africa, 6-12 May 2002
  • “The Scramble for African Oil,” West Africa, 29 April - 5 May, 2002
  • “Pax Nigeriana,” West Africa, no. 4352 (2002): 40  
  • “African Art at the Louvre,” West Africa, no. 4224 (2000): 38-40
  • “Campaoré feels the strain,” West Africa, no. 4229 (2000): 26
  • “The Fullbright Brotherhood,” West Africa, no. 4228 (2000): 18
  • “Insecurity at the Base,” West Africa, no. 4200 (1999): 900
  • “Black Gold, Black Power?” West Africa, no. 4189 (1998): 394-396
  • “France: Africa Policy Reforms,” West Africa, no. 4185 (1998): 232-233
  • “Whither the Etat Civil?” West Africa, no. 4179 (1998): 2024-2027
  • “The New Monsieur ‘Rue Monsieur,’” West Africa, no. 4160 (1997): 1217-1218
  • “The Succession Saga,” West Africa, no. 4163 (1997): 1338-1339
  • “The CFA and the Euro,” West Africa, no. 4170 (1997): 1645-1646
  • “Franco-American Rivalry,” West Africa, no. 4154 (1997): 962
  • “Between Arms and Polls,” West Africa, no. 4107 (1996): 1021-1022
  • “The Invention of Reality,” West Africa, no. 4063 (1995): 879-880

Television journalism

Professor Yates has frequently appeared on CNBC Europe, Bloomberg Television, Al Jazeera and France 24 television.  To see his most recent interviews visit www.cnbc.com and enter Douglas Yates in “Video” box, or visit www.france24.fr.en for English-&-French-language debates.