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)   

Teaching experience

  • Political Science & International Relations (Comparative Politics, French Politics, European Politics, African Politics, Politics of Developing Countries, Conflict Resolution, Research Methods)
  • Anglo-American Law (Constitutional Law, Common Law, Civil Procedure, Rules of Evidence, Tort Law, Family Law, Business Law, Land Law and Property)

Publications

Books

  • The Historical Dictionary of Gabon, 4th edition (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)

  • 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

  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2017: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2018)

  • “France and Africa,” in Dawn Nagar and Charles Mutasa, eds. Africa and the World: Bilateral and Multilateral International Diplomacy (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018)

  • “French Military Interventions in Africa,” in Tony Karbo and Kudrat Virk, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Peacebuilding in Africa (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018)

  • “Gabon,” in Africa Yearbook 2016: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2017)

  • “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

  • “Dynastic Rule in Equatorial Guinea,” African Journal of Political Science and International Relations, Vol. 11 No. 12, December 2017

  • 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

  • Central Intelligence Agency, “France’s Political, Economic and Security Influence in Francophone Africa,” Africa Mission Center, Africa Board of Experts Conference 2018, McLean, Virginia (21 May 2018)

  • German Mining Museum, “The French Oil Industry and the Corps des Mines: From Family Firms to National Champions to Private Multinationals,” in Boom – Crisis – Heritage: King Coal and the Energy Revolutions after 1945. Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Bochum, Germany (14 Mar 2018)

  • Jeju National University, “Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, and Peacebuilding” World Peace Academy, Jeju, South Korea (9 Aug 2017)

  • ISAE Supaero, “The Scramble for African Oil,” Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, Toulouse, France (16 Mar 2017)

  • University of Cambridge, “French Military Intervention in Africa,” 26th Biennial Conference of the African Studies Association of the UK, Cambridge, England (8 Sep 2016)

  • Jeju National University, “Oil and Conflict in the Pacific,” World Peace Academy, Jeju, South Korea (9 Aug 2016)

  • 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.