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Security Transformations For Africans, By Africans


October 30, 2019

In the 10th episode of Battle Rhythm Podcast, Steve and Stef reflect on the recent Canadian election and consider what Canada’s defense and security policy might look like under a Liberal minority government. They also discuss recent protests in Iraq, their recent trips to Denver, Hamburg and Belgium and all things Halloween. The feature interview guest is Lindy Heinecken [22:30], who discusses transitions of peacekeepers when they come home. Our Emerging Scholar segment has Stef speaking with Elikem Tsamenyi [15:00], about his research on security governance mechanisms within Africa. Steve shares some of his thoughts on the film adaptation of World War Z in Steve's Peeves.

Participant Biographies:

  • Stéfanie von Hlatky: Associate Professor of political studies at Queen’s University and the former Director of the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). Her research focuses on NATO, armed forces, military interventions, and defence policy. Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
  • Stephen M. Saideman: Paterson Chair in International Affairs, as well as Director of the Canadian Defence and Security Network – Réseau Canadien Sur La Défense et la Sécurité, and Professor of International Affairs at Carleton University. Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
  • Elikem Tsamenyi: originally from Ghana, he earned his BA and master’s degrees in political studies from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, respectively. Currently a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University’s Department of Political Studies, Elikem Tsamenyi’s research interests focus largely on Sub-Sahara Africa. He is interested in issues of African development & security governance mechanisms. His research explores the scope and nature of current security threats and challenges to peace, as well as developmental troubles in Africa. He is concerned with how these issues challenge African states’ capacities to anticipate, prevent, and deal with threats to peace, security and development. His PhD dissertation explores the ‘African solutions to African problems’ rhetoric in security governance on the continent by using the English school’s international society approach to understand how Africans endeavour to own and deal with the continent’s governance and security issues as a sub-society within the larger global international society. Elikem is also interested in Canadian security and defence (foreign) policy towards sub-Sahara Africa. He explores how Canada can most effectively support and contribute to peace and security in Africa.
  • Prof Lindy Heinecken: formerly a researcher and Deputy Director of the Centre for Military Studies (CEMIS) at the South African Military Academy. She now serves as Associate Professor of Sociology in the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department, Stellenbosch University where she lectures in political and industrial sociology. The main focus of her research is in the domain of armed forces and society where she has published on a range of issues including gender integration, civil-military relations, military unionism, HIV/AIDS and security and more recently on the impact of private security on the military profession. She holds a MSocSc from the University of Cape Town and a PhD from Kings College, Department of War Studies, University of London. She serves on numerous academic boards, including the Council of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (USA) and the International Sociological Association's (ISA) Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution working group. She is also one of the pool of specialists conducting research for the South African Army.

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