Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Mississippi State University

Popular Media


Popular Media Writing

Below is a selection of my recent policy and media writing. Further examples of this sort of writing can be found on my CV.


Even after Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s elections do not appear free or fair

Officially, President Emmerson Mnangagwa won the recent elections with 50.8 percent of the vote, narrowly avoiding a runoff election. But those results are disputed. International election observers have pointed to irregularities. All of this was familiar to those who know the history of Zimbabwe, a former British colony where the black African majority and a ruling white settler minority concluded a brutal war in 1979. Since 1980, Zimbabwe has faced an insurgency, ethnic cleansing, authoritarianism and a grossly mismanaged economy, reducing one of Africa’s most developed countries and a former breadbasket into poverty.




Amid Domestic Strife, Maldives Military Takes to International Stage

with Dr. Prashant Hosur

The recent political crisis in the Indian Ocean island nation of the Maldives has attracted the international community’s attention due to its diplomatic and military-strategic implications for India, China, and the Indian Ocean as a whole. While the current Maldives President Abdulla Yameen is close to China, which may be seeking allies to contain India in the South Asian region, not all of China’s newfound friends are equally capable, which creates varying possibilities for conflict with India.

Diamonds and the Crocodile: China’s Role in the Zimbabwe Coup

with Timothy S. Rich

The events that started on November 14, when General Chinegwa led a coup to wrest power from President Mugabe, arrest members of the G40, and assure the return of ousted Vice President Mnangagwa (possibly to become president) has been extensively covered by the international press. However, little is known about the international aspects of the coup, specifically the role of China. Despite issuing official denials of such reports, it seems that China supported the coup, at least tacitly.


Privatization of Security Can Derail US-Led Stabilization of Afghanistan

With  M. Ashraf Haidari

Given the resurgence of Taliban, the nascent ISIS threats, a young state in need of capacity building, and international fatigue to continue expending civil and military resources in Afghanistan, Erik Prince’s proposal perhaps sounds reasonable...Despite these advantages, the success of relying on PMCs remains uncertain...Standing by the Afghan people to see their journey of peace and democracy through should be the way forward against succumbing to forces of evil, tyranny, and oppression.