Stephen Chan is Professor of International Relations and Dean of Law and Social Sciences at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London. He has served on the faculties of the universities of Zambia, Kent, and Nottingham Tresnt. He was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1977 to 1983,and was seconded to the Commonwealth Observer Group that oversaw the election campaign that led to Zimbabwean independence in 1980. Since then, he has visited Zimbabwe at least annually, and for some years, lived in neighboring Zambia. He advised the early government of Zimbabwe and has published many books on the international relations of Southern Africa.