My research focus is now on West African culture and history, and on relations between The Mali Empire and the diaspora in Virginia (given practical and community expression through the Richmond-Segou sister city partnership).
In addition to Mali on which I have published extensively, I have worked on community development, disarmament, conflict resolution and governance in Niger, Guinea, Guiné Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Cameroun and Nigeria.
Since 2012 I have been working on police reform and sexual violence in Congo DRC.
MA HonsHistory and Economics
St Andrews University, Scotland
MScAgricultural Economics (Dip Ag Econ)
Balliol College, Oxford University, UK
PhD Docteur en Sciences Sociales du DéveloppementDevelopment Anthrolology
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Virginia Friends of MALI
Research Professor in French West African Studies (affiliate)
Virginia Commonwealth University, School of World Studies
Senior Fellow, UNIDIR Geneva
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
Robin Edward Poulton & Macky Tall.
Djita, a Malian girl from Virginia (French & English).
AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana..
Robin Edward Poulton.
‘L’Afghanistan – comment les Américains voient-ils la guerre ?’
in Les Nouvelles de l’Afghanistan
Valerie Yankey Wayne & Robin Edward Poulton.
“Curbing Illegal Brokering in the Arms Trade: Challenges and Opportunities”
in Freedom From Fear, UNCRI, Vienna
(October 2008 p8-11).
Robin Edward Poulton and Ibrahim ag Youssouf.
A Peace of Timbuktu: democratic governance, development and African peacemaking, with a preface by Kofi Annan.
UNIDIR, Geneva, 388 pages: launched by the Secretary-General 17 March 1998 in Geneva.
Virginia Friends of Mali
African Studies Association
West African Research Association
Honors and Awards
Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Mali
Honor awarded by the President of Mali for services to Peace and Disarmament in West Africa
Chevalier de l'Ordre Khmer du Samotrei
Honor awarded by the King of Cambodia for services to disarmament
Named 'Master of the Word' by a member of the Sacred Order of Griots in Kangaba and Kela, in Mali, for historical research and story telling