Military Science
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Keynote Speakers

Dr David Anderson (Warwick University)

David M. Anderson is Professor of African History & Politics at the University of Warwick.  He was previously Professor of African Politics and Director of African Studies at the Universtiy of Oxford, and also taught at SOAS London, Birkbeck College London, and the University of Cambridge.  He has held visiting positions at the University of Cape Town,  Princeton University, Bergen University, and at Washington University St Louis.  He took his BA in History at the University of Sussex (1978), and a doctorate at Trinity College, University of Cambridge (1982). He holds an MA from the University of Oxford.  

Anderson has been researching and writing on the history and politics of Africa since 1978, with particular interests in violence, conflict and security.  Among his most recent articles are: 'Kenya at war: al-Shabaab and their enemies in eastern Africa,' in African Affairs (2015); and 'Authoritarianism and the securitization of development in Africa.' International Affairs (2015).  His most recently completed book is Violence and Politics in Eastern Africa – The Struggles of Emerging States (edited with Oystein Rolandsen).  In 2013, he published The Routledge Handbook of African Politics, and in 2007 co-authored The Khat Controversy: Stimulating the Debate on Drugs.  He is also author of the best-selling and highly-acclaimed Histories of the Hanged: Britain's Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire (2005).  He is currently writing a book, co-authored with Jonathan Fisher, on illiberal statebuilding and securitization in Africa.

Anderson is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and serves on the Executive Council of the Royal Africa Society.  He also works as a consultant on security matters, and regularly appears in the broadcast and print media. His research recently featured in Inside Kenya's Death Squads, broadcast on Al Jazeera in December 2014, and he has written, presented and co-produced programs for BBC Radio, as well as appearing in a multitude of radio documentaries, analysis programmes, and news features on African security.  Anderson appeared as an Expert Witness in the legal case brought against the British government by Kenyan victims of abuse from the 1950s, playing a leading role in this landmark human rights case.

Dr Jakkie Cilliers (Institute for Security Studies, South Africa)​​

Dr Jacobus Kamfer (Jakkie) Cilliers is the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies and Head of the African Futures and Innovation Section. He has a B. Mil (B.A.) from the University of Stellenbosch and a Hons. B.A., M.A. (cum laude) and DLitt et Phil from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Awards include the Bronze Medal from the South African Society for the Advancement of Science and the H Bradlow Research Bursary. He was born in Stellenbosch, South Africa on 16th April 1956. Dr Cilliers co-founded the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in 1990 and played an important role in the transformation of the South African armed forces and the institution of civilian control over the military in the period 1990 to 1996. At present most of Dr Cilliers` interests relate to the emerging security architecture in Africa as reflected in the developments under the banner of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union as well as issues around African long-term future. Dr Cilliers has presented numerous papers at conferences and seminars and published a number of books on various matters relating to peace and security in Africa and serves on the editorial boards of the African Security Review and the South African Journal of International Affairs. He is a regular commentator on local and international radio and television and has attended a large number of international conferences. He is an Extraordinary Professor in the Centre of Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences, Faculty Humanities at the University of Pretoria. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Switzerland, on the board of advisers of the Center on International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University, New York and on the World Economic Forum`s Think Tank Leaders Forum.

Dr John Tesha (Africa Forum)