APN Advisory Board Members

Board Members

Rita Abrahamsen Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), University of Ottawa

Cedric De Coning Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Stephen J Del Rosso Director, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Dereje Feyissa Dori Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Law and Governance, Addis Ababa University

Olivia A. T. Frimpong Kwapong Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Adult Education and Human Resource Studies, University of Ghana

Amy Niang Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand

Henrietta Nyamnjoh Research Fellow, African Centre for Cities and Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town

Usman Tar Professor, Political Science and Defence Studies, Nigerian Defence Academy

Rawia Tawfik Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University

Rita Abrahamsen (chair) is Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) at the University of Ottawa. She is the author (with M.C. Williams) of Security Beyond the State: Private Security in International Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Disciplining Democracy: Development Discourse and the Good Governance Agenda in Africa (Zed Books, 2000), and editor (with A. Leander) of Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies (Routledge, 2016) and Conflict and Security in Africa (James Currey, 2013). Her articles have appeared in leading journals including African Affairs, Alternatives, International Political Sociology, Journal of Modern African Studies, Political Studies, Security Dialogue, Third World Quarterly, and Review of African Political Economy. She was joint-editor of African Affairs, the highest ranked journal in African studies, from 2009 to 2014. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Prof. Abrahamsen was in the Department of International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth, and she has been visiting fellow at the University of Cape Town, the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Queensland in Brisbane, the International Peace Research Institute (PRIO) in Oslo, the Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST) at the University of Copenhagen, the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS), Queen Mary University of London, and the University of Sydney.

Cedric De Coning is a South African research professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), where he co-convenes the NUPI Center on UN and Global Governance and coordinates the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON). Cedric is also a senior advisor for the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), where he is currently the Chief Editor of the COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor. He holds a PhD in applied ethics from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. His research interests include peacekeeping, coherence and coordination, complexity theory, and adaptive peacebuilding. He has led a number of research projects, funded by, among others, the Research Council of Norway, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Finland and Norway and the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). He has served on the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board for the Peacebuilding Fund and in various advisory capacities for the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN), and several NGOs. Cedric has co-edited many books including, The BRICS and coexistence: An Alternative Vision of World Order (London and New York: Routledge, 2015); The Future of African Peace Operations: From the Janjaweed to Boko Haram (London: Zed Books, 2016); UN Peacebuilding Architecture: The First Ten Years (London and New York: Routledge, 2016); Complexity Thinking for Peacebuilding Practice and Evaluation (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), Rising Powers and Peacebuilding: Breaking the Mold? (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and, UN Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). He tweets at @CedricdeConing.

Stephen Del Rosso (ex-officio) is director of international peace and security at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where his work focuses on a range of issues including peacebuilding, nuclear security, and the dynamics of global power. He was director of programs at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations from 1996–99 and managed the Pew Charitable Trusts Global Security Program for almost six years. A former career diplomat, Del Rosso served nearly ten years in the US Foreign Service with overseas assignments in Central America and the Caribbean. In Washington he served in the Operations Center and on the Executive Secretariat staff of Secretary of State George Shultz, as program coordinator of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and as arms control legislative management officer and director of the Office of Legislative Management. He was also a presidential management intern in the international affairs division at NASA, news producer for the Voice of America, and staff assistant to British member of Parliament Julian Critchley. Del Rosso holds a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania; an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he was an Earhart Fellow; a diploma in international studies from the Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins SAIS; and a BA from Tufts University. He serves on several not-for-profit boards and is a member of various international affairs–related membership organizations.

Dereje Feyissa Dori holds a doctorate in social anthropology from Martin-Luther University in Halle, Germany. He was a Research Fellow at Osaka University in Japan; the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, both in Germany. Dereje has worked as a research professor at the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI) and was attached to ILPI’s Centre for African Studies as the Africa Research Director. He served as the Senior Research Advisor to the Life and Peace Institute (LPI), Horn of Africa and Ethiopia Programs. Dereje has taught in several universities, including, Haramaya (formerly named, Alemaya), and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Other include Martin Luther and Bayreuth Universities in Germany and Osaka University in Japan. He was also an APN Individual Grant Recipient in 2016. Dereje is currently an adjunct associate professor on the PhD program at the College of Law and Governance at Addis Ababa University, and is a Co-Investigator (CI) for the Ethiopia-South Africa Migration Corridor as part of the Migration for Development and Equality (MIDEQ) South-South Migration research Hub. MIDEQ collaborates with a global network of partners in twelve countries in the Global South to transform understanding of the relationships between migration, development, and inequality and is affiliated to the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. Dereje has published extensively on a wide range of topics from ethnicity and conflict; borders and borderlands; religion and politics; pastoralism; the political economy of development; migration and transnationalism, to violent extremism and the response(s) to it. He is the author and co-editor of several books, including, Borders and Borderlands as Resources in the Horn of Africa (London: James Currey, 2010), Playing different games: the paradox of the identification strategies of the Anuak and Nuer in the Gambella region of Ethiopia (New York and London: Berghahn Books, 2011), and Ethiopia in the Wake of Political Reform (Los Angeles: Tsehai Publishers, 2020). He has also authored over fifteen articles in peer-reviewed journals and over thirty chapters for edited volumes. Dereje has also consulted for international organizations such as the World Bank; DFID, UNICEF, and EU-TF/REF.

Olivia A. T. Frimpong Kwapong is an associate professor and head of the Department of Adult Education and Human Resource Studies at the University of Ghana. She holds a PhD from the University of Ghana and has studied as a special doctoral candidate at Harvard University. In 2013, she served as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Bloomsburg University in the United States of America. Prof. Olivia Kwapong is also the Board Chairperson of Ghana News Agency. Her research has focused on empowerment of women through adult education, distance learning and the use of ICTs. She has published extensively in both local and international journals. She has authored five books and over 30 journal articles. Prof. Kwapong has consulted for local and international organizations that promote empowerment of women and the creation of access to tertiary education. She has benefitted from numerous awards that gave her opportunity to travel and study abroad and also to undertake research.

Amy Niang is a political scientist with research interests in three broad areas, namely, the history of state formation and related ideas of sovereignty, statehood, stateness and statelessness; Africa’s International Relations; the Geopolitics of the Sahel. Her work has been published in journals such as International Relations; Alternatives; Politics; African Studies; African Economic History, Journal of Ritual Studies; Afrique contemporaine and in many edited collections. She is the author of The Postcolonial African State in Transition: Stateness and Modes of Sovereignty(Rowman and Littlefield, 2018). She is the co-editor (with Baz Lecocq) of Identités sahéliennes en temps de crise : histoires, enjeux et perspectives (2019) and of Researching Peacebuilding in Africa: Reflections on Theory, Fieldwork and Context (with Ismail Rashid, 2020). She is an associate professor in International Relations at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco. Prior to her current position, she taught at the University of the Witwatersrand for many years and has also held visiting positions at the University of Sao Paulo, Princeton University, the University of Halle-Wittenberg, the University of Michigan, the Institute of Peace ad Security Studies (IPSS) and many other institutions. Niang is a member of the Advisory Board of the African Peacebuilding Network of Social Science Research Council (APN-SSRC); a board member of the Program on African Social Research; a committee member of the General History of Senegal (GHS) and member of the editorial/advisory board of many journals including Africa Development; International Politics; the Canadian Journal of African Studies; Politics, Groups, and Identities; Millennium-Journal of International Studies; the Feminist Journal of International Politics; Security Dialogue, and the Brazilian Journal of International Relations.

Henrietta Nyamnjoh is a research fellow at the African Centre for Cities and Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town. She holds an MPhil degree in African studies/development studies and a PhD, both from Leiden University. She was a 2017 Carnegie Fellow through the African Humanities Program and during her tenure researched on Religion and healing among Cameroonian migrants in Cape Town. Her research focus is on migration and mobility, religion in the context of migration, transnational studies and transnational urbanism. She authored a study on the use of Information and Communication Technologies amongst mobile Cameroonian migrants in South Africa, The Netherlands and Cameroon – Bridging Mobilities: ICTs appropriation by Cameroonians in South Africa and The Netherlands (Langa Publishers, 2014). She also published “We get nothing from fishing”: Fishing for Boat Opportunities amongst Senegalese Fisher Migrants (Langa Publishers, 2010). Dr. Nyamnjoh has researched and published widely on migration, transnational studies, migrants’ everyday lives and food and migration, religion in the context of migration and Hometown associations.

Usman Tar is a professor of political science and defence studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy. Prof. Tar is the director of the academy’s Centre for Defence Studies and Documentation. Previously, he was an associate research fellow at John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for Africa Studies (JEFCAS), University of Bradford, UK. He was also an assistant professor at the Department of Politics and International Relations and director of postgraduate studies at the University of Kurdistan-Hewler, Northern Iraq. Professor Tar’s teaching and research interests include international relations, security and strategic studies, and peace and conflict studies. Prof Tar is the author of The Politics of Neoliberal Democracy in Africa (London/New York: IB Tauris, 2009); editor of Globalization in Africa: Perspectives on Development, Security, and the Environment (Lexington Books, Lanham MD, USA); and editor of Defence Transformation and the Consolidation of Democracy in Nigeria (Kaduna: Academy Publishers, 2018). His forthcoming work includes The Routledge Handbook of Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency in Africa (Routledge, London); The Palgrave Handbook of Small Arms and Conflict in Africa (Palgrave-Macmillan, London); and New Architecture for Regional Security in Africa: Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin (Lexington Books, Lanham MD, USA).

Rawia Tawfik is an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in politics from the University of Oxford. She was a visiting research fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), and a researcher at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn. Her research interests include, African development, regional integration, and resource-based conflicts, especially conflicts over transboundary rivers in Africa, and the Nile basin in particular. Her work on these issues have appeared in leading international peer-reviewed journals, including African Studies, Water Alternatives, Water International, Water Policy, and The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs. Rawia has also contributed chapters on regional security complexes, Nile hydropolitics, and foreign policy of African regional powers, to several edited books, including, Foreign Policy in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Security, Diplomacy and Trade, edited by Adekeye Adebajo and Kudrat Virk (London and New York: IB Tauris, 2017); and, the Routledge Handbook on Middle East Security, edited by Anders Jagerskog, Michael Schulz and Ashok Swain (London and New York: Routledge, 2019). She was a recipient of the APN Individual Research Grant in 2017, and the African Studies Association (ASA) Presidential Fellowship in 2018. She is an associate editor of the Review of Economics and Political Science, a peer-reviewed open access journal by Emerald Publishing Services on behalf of Cairo University.

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