Profile of Brigadier General (Dr) EW Kotia, Deputy Commandant, KAIPTC

Brigadier General (Dr) Emmanuel Wekem Kotia is the Deputy Commandant at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC). He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (First Class Honors) in Political Science from the University of Ghana, a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Global Security from the Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science from the University of Ghana. General Kotia was commissioned into the Ghana Armed Forces in 1986 into the Artillery Corps of the Ghana Army. He has served in several UN Peacekeeping Missions as a military officer, including four tours with the UN Mission in Lebanon. He was the Commanding Officer of the Ghana Battalion with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon from 2006 to 2007. Other Peace Operations he has served are: ECOMOG (Liberia, 1990), MINURSO (Western Sahara, 1994), UNTAC (Cambodia, 1992), UNAMIR (Rwanda, 1993) and MONUC (DRC, 2002). Within the military he was the Commanding Officer of the 66 Artillery Regiment of the Ghana Army from 2005 to 2009. He also served as a Directing Staff/Lecturer at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College from 2009 to 2011.

He was appointed a Clinical Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kennesaw State University, USA in 2013. He lectures the KAIPTC post graduate courses in Conflict, Peace and Security; and Gender Peace and Security. He also lectures two courses on the MSc programme in Defense and International Politics at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC). These are “Theories and Concepts of Defence” and “Peace Operations”. He has supervised and examined over 60 dissertations for post-graduate programmes at KAIPTC and GAFCSC. He was also appointed a Visiting Professor of University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom in 2014 where he teaches a three credit course in peace and security for the Masters’ program in International Relations in April and December each year.

He served as a Consultant for the Constitution Review Commission of Ghana; and he also served as a member of experts for the drafting of the National Peace Council Bill of Ghana (Act 818). He served as a consultant and the main resource expert for the establishment of the Ghana Police Command and Staff College. Brigadier General (Dr) Kotia has published a number of papers/articles in peace and security. He recently published a book titled “Ghana Armed Forces in Lebanon and Liberia Peace Operations”.