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David Styan

Lecturer in Politics

MSc Global Politics Programme Director

Research interests

  • International Political Economy
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Development

Areas of research supervision

  • International political economy; foreign policy analysis and development issues; French and British foreign policy, particularly towards Africa, the Middle East and development policy
  • If you are interested in pursuing research in any of these areas, you should first read our advice on how to apply for MPhil/PhD research before submitting an application.

Principal publications

  • 2019. “The singular position of Djibouti: a military hub on China’s Maritime Silk Road’? (paper to Shanghai  Conference “China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative, Africa and the Middle East”. East China Normal University (ECNU), School of Advanced International & Area Studies (SAIAS), November 18-19, 2017). Edited to appear as Chapter in: J-M Blanchard (2019) entitled “Political Economy of China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative, Africa, and the Middle East”, Palgrave.
  • 2018. Europe’s multiple security strategies towards Africa. In: Economides, S. and Sperling, J. (eds.) EU Security Strategies: Extending the EU System of Security Governance. Routledge Studies in European Security and Strategy. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9781138210417.
  • 2017. H-Diplo, Roundtable Review. Roundtable Review Volume XIX, No. 5 (2017), 2 October 2017. Reviews of Frédéric Bozo. A History of the Iraq Crisis: France, the United States, and Iraq, 1991-1993. Translated by Susan Emanuel. New York/Washington DC: Columbia University Press/Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2016.
  • 2016. Djibouti: small state strategy at a crossroads. Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal 1 (1), pp. 79-91. ISSN 2380-2014. -
  • 2016. All at sea? Maritime dimensions of Europe's relations with Africa. Insight on Africa 8 (2), pp. 112-130. ISSN 0975-0878. -
  • 2015. Written evidence, “UK Influence on EU Foreign Affairs”, UK Parliament, Foreign Affairs Committee (With Dermot Hodson).
  • 2015. “Waiting to get out; Calais’ Migrants”. Le Monde Diplomatique,  English, May 2015.
  • 2013. Djibouti: Changing Influence in the Horn’s Strategic Hub Africa Programme, April 2013, AFP BP 2013/01, 20p
  • 2013. Chad’s political violence at 50: bullets, ballots and bases. Chapter in Chafer, T. (Ed.). (2013). Francophone Africa at Fifty. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • 2012. ‘EU power and armed humanitarianism in Africa: evaluating European Security and Defense Policy in Chad’. Cambridge Review of International Affairs. Volume 25 issue 4. ISSN 0955-7571 (Print). Online (1474-449X )
  • 2012. Introduction: Sami Zubaida, modernity, politics and a social Middle East, Economy and Society, Volume 41, Issue 4. 0308-5147 (Print), 1469-5766 (Online).
  • 2012. Fred Halliday: Engagements, Languages, Myths and Solidarities. Development and Change. 43(1): pp 319–339. ISSN-1467-766. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7660.2012.01763.x
  • 2012. ‘The revival of Franco-Libyan relations’. pp. 105-130. In Godin, E. Vince, N. (Eds.).  France and the Mediterranean: International relations, culture and politics, Bern: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3-0343-0228-9 pb.
  • 2010. ‘Modern Taxation’. Encyclopaedia Aethiopica (2010) Entry in Siegbert Uhlig and Alessandro Bausi, et al. (eds.) (2010). Encyclopaedia Aethiopica, Vol. 4: O-X. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. Pp 984-990.
  • 2007. ‘The security of Africans beyond borders: migration, remittances and London’s transnational entrepreneurs’, in International Affairs, 83: 6 (2007). pp. 841–867. ISSN 0020-5850 (print) ISSN 1468-2346 (online). 6000 words.
  • 2006. France and Iraq; oil, arms and French policy making in the Middle East. London: I.B.Tauris. 260 pages, ISBN 1 84511 045 5,
  • 2005. 'Twisting Ethio-Eritrean economic ties: misperceptions of war and the misplaced priorities of peace', in Jacquin-Berdal, D. Plaut M. (eds.) Unfinished Business: Ethiopia and Eritrea at War New Jersey, USA: Red Sea Press, pp177-200.
  • 2004. ‘Jacques Chirac’s ‘non’: France, Iraq and the United Nations, 1991-2003’. Modern and Contemporary France, Vol.12, No.3, 2004. Abingdon UK, Carfax. ISSN 0963-9489, pp.371-385.
  • 2004. “Tasks, Texts and Context, Editorial Introduction”, in (Styan, ed.), Eshetu Chole, Underdevelopment in Ethiopia, (Addis Ababa: Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa OSSREA), 2004. ISBN 1904 8553 50; 360 pages. Intro, pp xv-xxiv.
  • 2004 (Reprinted 2011), (Styan, ed.), Eshetu Chole, Underdevelopment in Ethiopia. Addis Ababa: Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA). ISBN 1904 8553 50; 21 chapters, 360 pages.


  • David Styan has a DEA from the Centre of African Studies in Bordeaux and a PhD from London School of Economics (Department of International Relations).
  • In addition to his research on French foreign policy decision making and France's trade in oil and arms with the Middle East, he has written extensively on the Horn of Africa, most notably on the Ethiopian economy.


  • David Styan joined Birkbeck to head the School's MSc/MRes in Global Politics, and establish the MSc in Development Studies, run from the Faculty of Continuing Education.
  • His postgraduate teaching covers International Political Economy, and Politics and Development of Post-Colonial States.
  • His undergraduate teaching focuses on Politics and the Middle East, and Democracy and authoritarianism.

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3926 1674


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