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Dr Emmanuel Kwesi Aning

Dr Emmanuel Kwesi Aning
Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research

Dr Emmanuel Kwesi Aning was born on 22nd April, 1962. He attended the University of Ghana and completed with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honors Degree in 1986. He proceeded to the University of Copenhagen, Denmark for a Master of Philosophy (Cand. Phil ) in the 1990. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at the same university in 1998.

Dr Aning has worked with a number of institutions prior to joining the KAIPTC and these have included:

  • The Governance Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs, Accra, Ghana  where he was Director from 15 July 2000 - 30 June 2001
  • African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as an Expert on Common African Defence and Security Policy & Counter-terrorism from 4 July 2005 - 2007
  • Center for Security Studies, Accra, Ghana as Senior Fellow from January 2005 – June 2005
  •  Legon Centre for International Affairs, (LECIA), University of Ghana; and Research Director, African Security Dialogue and Research, Accra from 1 July 2001 – January 2005
  • Visiting Professor, European Peace University, Stadtschleining, Austria from May – June 2003
  • Institute of Economic Affairs, Governance Unit, Accra, Ghana as Director from 15 July 2000 – 30 June 2001 
Dr Kwesi Aning’s rich experience in security issues has been tapped by a number of organizations including the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU),and Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) where he has held the following Non Academic Positions
  • Member, Senior Advisory Panel on Haiti and Liberia, UN, January- February 2010
  • Leader, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO-UK) team to suggest restructuring of the Conflict Management Division of the Peace and Security Directorate, African Union, October 2008
  • Senior Consultant to the Under-Secretary General of the UN Department of Political Affairs, UN Secretariat, NY on drafting a Report of the Secretary-General on the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations, in particular the African Union, in the maintenance of international peace and security. August – December 2007
Dr Aning has also been an Associate Professor in International Politics for a number of institutions in Denmark, UK, and Nigeria and has taught with the following Universities:
  • Legon Centre for International Affairs (LECIA), Accra, Ghana.
  • Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Teshie, Accra
  • Institute of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Aarhus University, Denmark.

Dr. Aning, who has written numerous dissertation and books, monograph and articles in several journals, has also contributed to numerous chapters in a number of books.

He is currently a member of the Economic Forum’s Council on Conflict Resolution. He is married and has two children.