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Thomas Mandrup: Extraordinary Professor to SIGLA

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Photos: DRC 2018 during field work on the utitlity and impact of Peace Operations

​​​​​​Thomas Mandrup is an Associate Professor at Royal Danish Defence College, Denmark, an extraordinary Associate Professor at the Faculty for Military Science, Stellenbosch University and an external lecturer at the Centre for African Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has published articles and book chapters, and co-edited several books on issues related to African security governance and South African foreign policy. His three latest co-edited books were entitled Towards good order at Sea – African Experiences was published by Sun Media in February 2015 and The Brics and Coexistence – an alternative vision of world order was published by Routledge in October 2014, and On Military Culture: Theo​ry, Practice and African Armed Forces was published by Cape Town University Press 1st October 2013, whilst his latest book chapter, Denmark: How not if to Outsource Military Services was published in Commercialising Security in Europe Anna Leander (Eds) Routledge/PRIO March 2013.

He received his PhD in International Relations (2007) from the University Copenhagen, Denmark for a dissertation entitled: 'Africa: Salvation or Despair?A study of the post-apartheid South African government's use of the military tool in its foreign policy conduct from 1994 to 2006'.  Dr. Mandrup was as a Doctoral Candidate attached to the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS) in the Department for Development Studies, in Copenhagen Denmark.  He has previously worked as a consultant on South African foreign policy for Chatham House in London as part of a FCO/MOD commissioned project on South African, and has in two periods worked as an analyst on African issues in the Danish Defence Intelligence Service. Currently his is an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies. Prof. Mandrup's primary research field is African Security Governance and he has extensive fieldwork experience from for instance DR. Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sudan.

Participating in a larger research project looking at unconventional threats to multinational peace mission in cooperation with the Institute for Security Studies. The first case study is Somalia and the work will lead to a report and recommendations on how to improve future pre-mission training. As part of the focus on multilateral peace missions SIGLA and Prof. Mandrup in January 2019 organising the sixth consecutive roundtable in cooperation with the Danish Embassy in Pretoria – the next roundatable will focus on UNSC Resolution 1325 and South Africa´s position as a member on UNSC on gender and sexual exploitation and abuse in Peace missions. A policypaper on peace and sustainability will be published shortly as part of the same seminar series.

Prof. Mandrup recently co-authored a report on the Effectiveness of the UN Mission (EPON) in the DRC, based on a recent field-visit to Eastern DRC. The report is part of a larger study done under the leadership of the Norwegian Foreign Policy Institute (NUPI), and which will be running for the next four years. The EPON project is done in cooperation with the UN and the AU.

See Report on EPON Project here​.

​Thomas can be contacted at email:

Mobile phone Cell: +27 (0)833370009

Faculty of Military Science, Private Bag X2, Saldanha, 7395.

Twitter: @MandrupThomas​