Stephen Chan is Professor of International Relations at SOAS, University of London and Honorary Professor of Humanities at University of Johannesburg. He received an OBE in 2010 for services to Africa and Higher Education. He has also received the International Studies Association's Eminent Shcolar in Global Development award.
`In this book, Stephen Chan has wisely avoided portraying Robert Mugabe as the simple ogre so many hold him to be. Without flinching from the wickedness Mugabe practiced and (more so) allowed to be practiced on his behalf, Chan allows a little space to appreciate the absolute dedication Mugabe brought to the idea of Zimbabwe. For all of Mugabe's faults, there was something admirable about that commitment and dedication. Chan also sees Mugabe's pathos. From being the scrawny bookworm kid, to being denied permission to attend his first-born's funeral, to his chronic friendlessness, Robert Mugabe cut a well-dressed but sad and reduced presence. Chan's focus on Mugabe's vanity is spot on, as are the descriptions of his ruthlessness, his cluelessness about economics, and his apparent disinterest in the suffering of normal people during the last years of his rule over Zimbabwe.' - D. Bruce Wharton, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe 2012-2015