Department of Political Science and International Studies
Dr. Jean Kachiga
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D, International Relations, University of Frankfurt
M.A. Political Science, University of Frankfurt
B.A. Political Science, University of Frankfurt
International Political Economy
Comparitive Politics: Africa as regional specialization
Global Sociology: Differentiation and Integration in the Global Society
My research interest lies in understanding and possibly explaining international relations through the evolutionary dynamics of history that cyclically produces new paradigms to which states respond. Different responses by various states induce a new hierarchy of world powers, new roles and statuses, as some states react more skillfully than others. Such dynamics have explained hegemonic transition, led to the revision of the status quo order, and heralded new epochs.
This perspective compels a focus on three different levels of the dynamics of world politics, within the greater context of world history. The first level is the state, and people within, as actors in world politics (agency level). The second level is the international institutional structure, serving as norm provider and therefore shaper of actions of international actors (structure level). The third level is History itself as the realm that dialectically synthesizes all inputs within the global political system (beyond agency and structure levels).
At each one of these levels I explore specific questions, using specific methodological approaches to answer them, and I draw from specific theoretical groundings to frame, and meaningfully interpret observed phenomena and empirical facts.
International Political Economy
The Geopolitics of Globalization
Introduction to Political Science
The Global South
Political Economy of African States
International Relations of African States
The Politics of Cultural and Ethnic Pluralism
Concepts and Practice of Leadership
- "Global Liberalism and its Casualties", The Rowan and Littlefield
Lanham, Maryland, 2008
- "Die Rationalitaet der Modern und die Bikulturalitaet", Peter Lang Publishers
- "China in Africa: Articulating China's Foreign Policy in Africa", Africa World Press
Trenton, New Jersey, 2011
- "Shifting Balance: Will Rising Non-Western Powers Develop Revisionist Foreign Policies?"
- Ian Taylor: "China and Africa: Engagement and Compromise". Routledge, London, 2006. I have reviewed following publications for the African Studies Review, issues of September 2008, Volume 51,#2, from Rutgers University Press
- Henning Melber (editor): "China in Africa". A compilation on China’s Policy in Africa Essays by Margaret C. Lee, Henning Melber, Sanusha Naidu, Ian Taylor, published by the Nordiska Africainstitutet, Uppsala, Sweden, 2007.
- "Globalization and Marginalization" in: Essay in Paradoxes of Global and Local Forces, Olufemi Vaughan, Macheta Wright, Charles Small, eds. Ibadan, Nigeria. Safer Academic Press, 2004
- "Wuerzeln und Konfliktgruenden in Afrika" in: Minoritaet, Autonomie und Selbstbestimmung. Loccum, Germany, October 1995 p. 67-84
- "The Dynamics of Alliance Formation in African Civil Wars"
- "The Malaise of Modernity in Africa"
- "On The Validity of Epistemic Knowledge in the Social Sciences"
Selected Conference Papers
- "Gabriel and Lucifer" (a narrative essay)
- An Epochal Shift: What Global Leadership Structure Next? Tenth International CISS Millennium Conference, July 4-5th, 2010 Venice, Italy
- "Shifting Balance: The Unraveling of Western Grip on International Politics" in: Power, Vision, and Order in World Politics. Nordic International Studies Association. University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. May 23-25, 2007
- How Game Theory Inspires Negotiations in International Politics. Faculty Colloquium Simpson University, March 2. 2009
- "Shifting Balance: The Unraveling Western Grip on the International Order": Paper Presentation: May 23-25, 2007 on: Power, Vision, and Order in World Politics. Denmark, Nordic International Studies Association University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
- "Historic/Political/Economic Relations between China and Africa" Radio Interview: Africa Today, KPFA, December 5th 2006, Berkeley, California
- "Conceptualizing War in Africa": Paper presented at the International Conference: Conceptualizing War in Vancouver, September 7-10, 2006, organized by The Institute of Transborder Studies at Kwantlen University, Canada
- "China’s Africa Policy": Paper presented at the 49th African Studies Association meeting in San Francisco, November 16-19, 2006
- "Internationalization of Intra-states conflicts" Faculty Luncheon Seminar Series, Seton Hall University, April 2005
- "Africa: Political Unrest and Civil War” Staff Development Workshop, Spring, April 20, 2004 Social Studies Department, Morris Hills High School