​​​Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies


Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies is published bi-annually by the Faculty of Military Science of Stellenbosch University at the South African Military Academy. The journal is a South African Department of Higher Education accredited scholarly journal.  It accepts and publishes scholarly articles on a broad spectrum of matters and issues relating to military, defence, and security.  This includes notions such as human security and conflict studies and civil-military relations affairs in South Africa, Africa and further afield.  Scientia Militaria is an interdisciplinary journal and publishes discipline-based and inter-disciplinary research that falls within the ambit of the focus of the journal on the military, defence and security domains.

In order to comply with the requirements of the Department of Higher Education and to ensure that articles are of a high quality, all submissions are refereed (peer-reviewed) by at least two experts in the field.  Refereeing is done with complete anonymity and confidentiality.  Articles published in Scientia Militaria qualify for a subsidy from the South African Department of Higher Education.

The history of the journal spans more than forty years.  It was first published in 1969 as an in-house journal of the South African Defence Force under the auspices of the military archive division of the Department of Defence.  In 1997 it was relocated to the Military Academy and Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Military Science.  Since 1998 it is a peer-reviewed Department of Higher Education accredited journal.  All the articles published since its inception in 1969 is available online at


Current Editors:

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Prof Abel Esterhuyse 


Tel: 022-702-3107

Fax: 022-702-3060

Ian Liebenberg


Tel: 022-702-3095

Fax: 022-702-3060

The Editorial Advisory Board consists of  fourteen highly rated international and South African peers from various disciplines and the editorial collective includes Prof. Francois Vreÿ, Prof. Sam Tshehla, Mr Fankie Monama, Lt Col Benjamin Mokoena and Lt Cdr Ishmael Theletsane.

Postal Address:

The Editors, Scientia Militaria, Faculty of Military Science (SA Military Academy),

Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X2, Saldanha 7395, South Africa

Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military S​tudies is available online at http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za/pub or

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The Editorial Board

​​​Assistant Editors:
​Prof Francois Vreÿ
Mr Fankie Monama
Lt Cdr Ishmael Theletsane
Book Editors
Benjamin Mokoena
Financial Editors:
​Prof Sam Tshehla
Mr Andries Fokkens
Editorial Secretary:
Lt Cadene  Nabbie

Editorial Advisory Board

Prof Jeffrey Grey

 University College

 Australian Defence Force Academy

Prof Lindy Heinecken

     Department of Sociology

     Stellenbosch University

Prof  James J. Hentz

     Department of International Studies

     and Political Science

     Virginia Military Institute

Dr (Brig Gen) Gerhard Kamffer

     Director Army Reserves

     South African Army

Dr Vincent Ngwenya

     University of Namibia

Prof John Laband

Department of History

Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Dr Nyameka Mankayi

     Human Science Research Council (HSRC)

     Cape Town

Dr Sylvio Baro

 Centre for African and near Middle 

 Eastern Studies (CEAMO), Havana, Cuba


Prof Bill Nasson

     Department of History

     Stellenbosch University

Prof Theo Neethling

     Department of Political Science

     University of the Free State

Prof André Roux

     Institute for Futures Research

     Stellenbosch University

Prof Shrikant Paranjpe

     Department of Defence and Strategic

     Studies, Pune University, India

Prof Hussein Solomon

     Department of Political Science

     University of the Free State

Prof Vladimir Shubin

Institute for African Studies

Russian Academy of Sciences

Prof Isabelle Duyvesteyn

      Utrecht University