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Research Fellow to SIGLA: Prof Math Noortmann


Math Noortmann joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) of Coventry University (CU) in November 2014 as their professor in Transnational Law and Non-State Actors.At CTPSR, he leads the Research Group on Transnational and Maritime Security.His interdisciplinary work includes publications on private military and security companies (2011;2016), transnational criminal organisations (2015), (counter) terrorism (2014) and non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations (2006;2014;2015).His recent projects include: (1) The Maritime Dimension of Transnational Organized Crime in Indonesia, (2) Countering the Threats of Illegal and unsustainable fishing, and (3) the Role and Position of Private Security Organisations in Transnational Security Governance.

Math is frequently invited as reviewer, editor, chair, speaker, convener and board member by universities, publishers, governmental and societal organisations.



Research Fellow to SIGLA: Prof Juliette Koning


Prof Juliette Koning is Professor in Organization Studies at Oxford Brookes Business School (UK). She holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, The Net​herlands. Her research explores entrepreneurship, identity work, religion, ethnicity, leadership and sustainability in the context of small business organizations and/or private security organizations in Southeast Asia, the UK and South Africa. She has published in journals such as Entrepreneurship, Theory & PracticeJournal of Business EthicsEntrepreneurship & Regional DevelopmentInternational Journal of Business AnthropologyManagement LearningQualitative Research in Organizations and Management. Co-edited volumes include New Religiosities, Modern Capitalism and Moral Complexities in Southeast Asia (Palgrave, 2017) Chinese Indonesians and Regime Change (Brill, 2011), and Local Ways of Managing Insecurity in Indonesia (Brill, 2006).


Research Fellow to SIGLA: Prof Christian Bueger

Prof Bueger is currently with the Political Science Dept of  Copenhagen University where he took up a permanent appointment wef July 2018


Christian Bueger is Reader in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Cardiff University. He worked as a Leverhulme Fellow at the Greenwich Maritime Institute, London (2011) and a research fellow at the Institute for Development and Peace, Duisburg, Germany (2010). He obtained his PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (2010).  Prior he graduated as a Diplom-Politologe from the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and worked at the Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt am Main and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.He has held several visiting fellow positions, including at the University College London (UCL), Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (2015), the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore (2015), Institute for Political Science, Copenhagen University (2014), Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST), University of Copenhagen (2013). 

His fields of research are International Relations, Security Studies, and Maritime Security Governance. He is currently the principal investigator of the research project SAFE SEAS. A Study of Maritime Security Capacity Building in the Western Indian Ocean funded by the Sustainable Development Programme of the British Academy. From 2013 to 2016 he was the principal investigator of the project “Counter-Piracy Governance – A Praxiographic Analysis” funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council titled. He is also one of the lead investigators of the Lessons Learned Consortium of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. He is an associate editor of the European Journal of International Security (Cambridge UP). He is a member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime Expert Network and a Honorary Fellow of the University of Seychelles. He has published over 70 articles and book chapters which have appeared in journals such as Contemporary Security Policy, European Political Science Review, Global Policy, International Political Sociology, International Studies Quarterly or Third World Quarterly.


Research Fellow to SIGLA: Dr Hussein Solomon

Dr. Hussein Solomon holds a D.Litt et Phil (Political Science) from the University of South Africa. Currently he is Senior Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Free State. His previous appointments include being Executive Director of the International Institute of Islamic Studies (2009-2010); Professor and Director of the Centre for International Political Studies, University of Pretoria (2000-2010), Research Manager at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (1998-2000), Senior Researcher: Institute for Security Studies (1996-1998) and Research Fellow: Centre for Southern African Studies, University of the Western Cape (1993-1995). In 2011, he was Visiting Professor at the Osaka School for International Public Policy (OSIPP). In 2007 and 2010 he was Visiting Professor at the Global Collaboration Centre at Osaka University in Japan and in 2008 he was Nelson Mandela Chair of African Studies at Jawahrlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. In 1994, he was Senior Visiting Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College, University of London. Currently he is Visiting Fellow at the MacKinder Programme for the Study of Long-Wave Events at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom, a Senior Associate for the Israeli-based think tank Research on Islam and Muslim in Africa, a Visiting Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy and a Senior Analyst for New York-based WikiStrat.
In addition, he is Deputy Chair of the Pugwash Conferences on Science in World Affairs (South African Chapter); Member of the Security Council of the Gerhson Lehrman Group of Companies; Member of the International Steering Committee of Global Action to Prevent War, Research Associate of the Centre for Defence Studies, University of Zimbabwe; and a Research Associate of the South African Institute for International Affairs.  He is also a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research in Hawaii. He is also Vice-President of the African Studies Association (India) and Member of the International Advisory Boards of the Middle East Institute as well as the Research Institute for European and American Studies in Athens, Greece. Since 2014 he became a member of the South African Academy of Science and Arts. Moreover, he is also a Member of the Editorial Board of Politeia; Special Advisor to the Editor of the journal Globalizations; Advisory Editor to the Journal for Contemporary History; Associate Editor of the Southern African Peace and Security Studies  journal and a member of the Editorial Boards of Africa Insight, Afro-Eurasian Journal, African Security, Alternatives, Journal of Administrative Sciences, Afro-Arab Social and Economic Review, Journal of African Union Studies and Scientific Journals International as well as Editor of Insight on Africa. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of All Africa Women for Peace. Hussein Solomon also holds the rank of a Captain in the Reserve Force of the South African Air Force.
His research interests include conflict and conflict resolution in Africa; South African Foreign Policy; international relations theory; religious fundamentalism and population movements within the developing world. His publications have appeared in South Africa; Nigeria; the United States; the United Kingdom; Switzerland; The Russian Federation;  Greece; The Netherlands; Norway; Denmark; Egypt; Ethiopia; Israel, Lebanon; India; Bangladesh; Spain and Japan.

His most recent books includes Understanding Boko Haram and Insurgency in Africa (with Jim Hentz, Routledge, 2017), Islamic State and the Coming Global Confrontation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Africa: Fighting Insurgency from Al Shabaab, Ansar Dine and Boko Haram (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Jihad: A South African Perspective (Sun Media, 2013). He is a member of the South African Academy of Science and Art.
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Hussein Solomon is also a regular blogger and currently writes for the Israeli-based Research for the Study of Muslims in Africa (RIMA). The website address is He is also a regular commentator on Southern African political issues and blogs for the Southern African Centre for Collaboration on Peace and Security Studies. The website address is
Research fellow to SIGLA: Prof Bahar Baser (Coventry University)

Dr Bahar Baser is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Peace, Trust and Social Relations (Coventry University, UK). She is also an associate research fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. 

Bahar holds an MA degree on Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden and BA in Political Science in International Relations from Bogazici University, Turkey. She completed a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. During her PhD, she had the opportunity to work as a Visiting Research Fellow at Humboldt University (Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences) in Germany, REMESO (Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society) in Norrkoping, Sweden and the Instituto de Ciencias Sociais (ICS) in Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to her PhD, Bahar worked at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in Sweden as a Junior Researcher on the "Diasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes" project funded by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Bahar's research interests include ethno-national conflicts and political violence, conflict resolution, third party mediation, migration and diaspora studies. Bahar has various publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and her book "Diasporas and Homeland Conflicts: A Comparative Perspective" was published by Routledge in 2015. She also edited two volumes published by IB Tauris: Authoritarian Politics in Turkey (co-edited with Ahmet Erdi Ozturk) and Migration from Turkey to Sweden: Integration, Belonging and Transnational Community (co-edited with Paul Levin). She is the series editor for "Kurdish Societies, Politics and International Relations" Series of Lexington Books. 

Her research has been funded by the Swedish Institute, the Italian Foreign Ministry, Coventry University and the Newton Fund-National Research Foundation (South Africa). She has written policy reports for Berghof Peace Foundation, TUSIAD Foreign Policy Forum and Heinrich Boll Foundation.


Research fellow to SIGLA: Dr Aneli Botha (Freestate University)

Anneli Botha is currently a senior lecturer at the Department Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. She also serves as an independent consultant on radicalization, deradicalisation, reintegration and terrorism in Africa and worked on projects with the Finn Church Aid (FCA) and the UNDP. During the period 2003 and 2016 she worked as a senior researcher on terrorism at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria, South Africa. Anneli has traveled ​extensively throughout Africa where she conducted research on terrorism and delivered specialized training on various aspects of the threat of terrorism, extremism, radicalisation and counter-terrorism to law enforcement and criminal justice officials on the continent.

Prior to her position at the ISS, she served in the South African Police Service (SAPS) for 10 years.  She was a founding member of the Religious Extremism and Terrorism Desk at Crime Intelligence Head Office and also served in the Rapid Reaction Unit and the Special Task Force on Urban Terror in the West Cape.

Anneli holds a MA degree from Rand Afrikaans University in Political Studies ('98) and Philosophiae Doctor from the Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State ('14).  Her MA thesis was titled People against Gangsterism and Drugs (PAGAD): A Study of Structures, Activities and Initial Government Reactions.  Her Ph.D. thesis was titled: Radicalisation to Commit Terrorism from a Political Socialisation Perspective in Kenya and Uganda.

Research fellow to SIGLA: Dr Musambayi Katumanga (Nairobi University)
Dr Katumangu will be dong a research exchange to SIGLA A@ Stellenbosch over the period 25 Sept 18 - 6 October 2018.

​Dr Katumanga obtained his PhD (Political Science) from l'Université de Pau Et des Pays de L'Adour (UPPA) France in 2002. He holds the position of Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Nairobi where he lectures political theory, security and strategic studies. He equally lectures at the National Defense College (NDC) of the Kenyan Armed Forces. His expertise in security issues has seen him design programs and frameworks such as the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD/ICPAT) and Capacity Building Program Against Terrorism (ICPAT)'s Security Strategy Program. He also contributes to the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), USAID, NORAD, EASFCOM, DFID, SIDA, UN-International Conference–Great Lakes Region-IC/GLR. He is a Research Fellow of the Les Afrique dans le Monde (LAM-UPPA) in France and undertook research work and fellowships with the Institute of French Research in Africa (IFRA), Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) and the Development Policy Management Forum (DPMF) in Nairobi. His last co–authored book examines challenges of organic and organized violence in Kenya ongoing research of his examines the underdevelopment -insecurity nexus and potential for state viability. 


Research fellow to SIGLA: Dr Kwesi Aning (Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Center, Ghana)
Dr. Kwesi Aning presently serves as the Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana and Clinical Professor of Peacekeeping Practice at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, USA. He has served with the African Union as its first counter-terrorism expert and from 2007 to 2008, as a senior consultant to the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) at the United Nations (UN). He serves on the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Council on Conflict Prevention. In 2014, he was appointed by the United Nations Office on drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the first independent evaluator of its Global Programme on Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism. Since 2015, he was appointed by the UN Secretary General to serve as an Advisory Group member to the Peacebuilding Fund. His publications include:2015 Africa in Global International Relations - Emerging approaches to theory and practice by Amitav Acharya, Paul-Henri Bischoff, Kwesi Aning (London: Routledge);  2016. 'Das sicherheitsdilemma in Westafrika', Welt Trends, No.111, January with M. Abdallah; 2016 'African Agency in R2P: Interventions by African Union and ECOWAS in Mali, Cote d'Iv​oire and Libya' in International Studies Review, Vol. 19, No. 2 with Fiifi Edu-Afful.​
​Research Fellow to SIGLA: Dr Curtis Bell 
(Associate Professor, US Naval War College & former Stable Seas Programme Manager, One Earth Future)


Curtis Bell (Ph.D., Political Science) is the Director of the Stable Seas (SS) program ( and Associate Director of Research ( at the One Earth Future Foundation. In these capacities, he manages a global research team that explores topics as diverse as maritime security, the root causes of civil war and insurgency, democratic breakdown, and coup and conflict forecasting.

He earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Colorado and then taught university courses for several years as a Lecturer at the University of Colorado and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee. He has taught extensively at both the undergraduate and graduate/doctoral level. He has published in several leading peer-reviewed academic journals, including Journal of Conflict Resolution and International Studies Quarterly. He left academia to join One Earth Future in 2015.

Curtis is also the creator of the Stable Seas Maritime Security Index. He has provided invited talks and technical expertise to the United Nations, African Union, US State Department, International Maritime Organization, United States Navy, and many others.

 Research Fellow to SIGLA: Professor S. Bachmann (University of Canberra)

Prof Bachmann is an international scholar, former Lieutenant Colonel (GER A Res)- with operational experience in the Balkans and as exchange officer with the US Marines and a career professional in law and higher education. In the last 20 years he worked in various capacities and functions in the USA, the Middle East, South Africa and various European countries. He joined Canberra Law School in September 2019. The University of Canberra is ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world, top 10 in Australia and 18th among the THE young university group. 

Before then he worked as an Associate Professor at Bournemouth University and the University of Lincoln after having taught as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. he was appointed (eo) Docent (Reader) in War Studies at the Swedish Defence University in 2016. In 2017 prof Bachmann ​was appointed (Professorial) Research Fellow at CEMIS, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University. Educated in Germany (LMU München), South Africa (Stellenbosch and University of Johannesburg) and the UK (Portsmouth). He worked with and presented to NATO, US CENTCOM, US AFRICOM, the Austrian Ministry of Defence, the Swedish Defence University, the Royal Danish Defence College, the South African National Defence Force and the Australian Defence College on the subjects of Hybrid War/Threats, Lawfare, InfoOps and Targeting. 

His research (more than 70 academic outputs) is interdisciplinary and discusses topical issues arising from new Security Challenges of the 21st Century such as Hybrid Warfare, Information Operations, the use of Lawfare, Cyber enhanced Hybrid Warfare alongside other topics such as International Criminal Justice, Lawfare and Human Security. Prof Bachmann also contributes to NATO’s Legal Advisor Web (LAWFAS). I am a Fellow of NATO SHAPE for the Asia Pacific (Hybrid Threats and Lawfare) working on Influence operations, Grey-zone, Hybrid Warfare, Great Power competition, Australian and Asia Pacific Security. He is also a regular visiting academic at ADF's Directorate of Joint Influence Operations.