Dr. Kwesi Aning is 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. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 1998 and a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Ghana in 1986.
He has served with the African Union from 2005 to 2007 as the first continental Expert on the Common African Defence and Security Policy (CADSP) and Counter-terrorism located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with responsibility for the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT). Subsequently, he served as a senior consultant to the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) of the UN in New York and wrote a Secretary-General's Report for the Security Council on 'The relationship between the UN and regional Organisations especially the African Union' in 2008.Furthermore, he serves on the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Council on Conflict Prevention. In 2006, he was appointed as the first independent evaluator of the UN’s Global Programme on Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism. In 2014, he again wrote (together with Peter Allen) the second evaluation report on the UN's Global Report. In 2015, he was appointed by the UN Secretary General to serve as a member of his Advisory Group to the Peacebuilding Fund.
Dr. Aning has over 150 publications to his credit including books, book chapters, journal articles and policy briefs.
- Contemporary and Emerging Security issues: Perspectives on Emerging Security Issues (MA).
- Gender, Security Sector and Multi-Dimensional Peace Support Operations (MA).
Dr. Festus Kofi Aubyn is a Researcher at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research (FAAR) of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana. Before joining the KAIPTC in 2011, Festus worked with institutions such as the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country office in Ghana; and the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) in Ghana.
Festus has a BA in Political Science with History and an MA in International Affairs from the University of Ghana; and a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he won the two topmost PhD Awards in the University during his graduation in November 2015: Post Graduate School Award for the Best PhD in the University; and the Omoworare Lucas Prize for the Best PhD produced in the University.
At the KAIPTC, Festus lectures and facilitates on a number of courses including, the MA in Conflict, Peace and Security; MA in Gender, Peace and Security; Certificate in Gender, Peace and Security; Police Middle Management Course; Multidimensional Peace Operations Course; Protection of Civilians Course; and Humanitarian Assistance Course.
His research focus is on African peace and security with a particular focus on UN/AU/ECOWAS peace operations; conflict management and election security. He has participated and presented papers in a number of local and international conferences on Africa and global peace and security issues. Dr. Aubyn has a number of publications to his credit.
- Theories and Analysis of Conflict, Peace and Security (MA)
- Migration, Citizenship and Conflict (MA)
- Aubyn, F. K., April - June 2016. Mission Watch Quarterly Brief, Volume II (with Birikorang, E., Edu-Afful, F., Nelson, S. & Annan, N.).
- Aubyn, F. K., January - March 2016. Mission Watch Quarterly Brief, Volume I (with Birikorang, E., Edu-Afful, F., Nelson, S. & Annan, N.).
- Aubyn, F. K., 2016. UNAMID Police and Protection of Civilians in Darfur. KAIPTC Policy Brief March 2016/1.
- Aubyn, F., 2015. An Assessment of Police Pre-Deployment Training: Ghana Study KAIPTC Occasional Paper, Issue 40 (with Edu-Afful, F., Allotey-Pappoe, S. & Nelson, S.).
- Aubyn, F., 2015. Policing and Peace Operations in Africa: Reflections on MINUSMA KAIPTC Occasional Paper, Issue 39.
Dr. Emma Birikorang is the Acting Deputy Director and Programme Head for the Peace Support Operations Programme at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC). She is currently undertaking research on African Peace and Security Mechanisms and ECOWAS/AU regional peacekeeping frameworks. She also facilitates training modules on Security Sector Reform, Protection of Civilians in Armed conflict, Risk Assessment and Conflict Vulnerability and the ECOWAS Standby Force.
She is currently undertaking research on African Peace and Security Mechanisms and ECOWAS/AU regional peacekeeping frameworks. She also facilitates training modules on Security Sector Reform, Protection of Civilians in Armed conflict, Risk Assessment and Conflict Vulnerability and the ECOWAS Standby Force. In addition, she teaches Research Methods/Writing Skills and Gender, Security Sector and Multi-Dimensional Peace Support Operations on the Master of Arts in Conflict, Peace and Security and in Gender, Peace and Security, respectively.
Dr Birikorang graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana with a BA (Social Science) Degree, and a Diplôme Universitaire d’Etude du Français from the University of Benin. She also has an MA in International Politics and Security Studies from the University of Bradford, UK and a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
- Research Methods/Writing Skills (MA)
- Gender, Security Sector and Multi-Dimensional Peace Support Operations (MA).
- Birikorang, E., 2016. The Future of Peace Support Operations in Africa: The African Standby Force. In: E. Birikorang, T. Jaye & F. Okyere, eds. Annual Review of Peace Support Operations in Africa 2016. Accra: KAIPTC, pp. 243-253.
- Birikorang, E., January-March 2017. Mission Watch Quarterly Brief, Volume V (with Edu-Afful, F., Nelson, S. & Aubyn, F. K.).
- Birikorang, E., 2013. Coups d’état in Africa – A Thing of the Past? KAIPTC Policy Brief, Issue 2013/3.
- Birikorang, E., 2013. Ghana. In: P. H. Davies & K. C. Gustafon, eds. Intelligence Elswhere: Spies and Espionage Outside the Anglosphere. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press (with Aning, K., & Lartey, E.).
- Birikorang, E., 2013. Lessons Learned and Best Practice from A Troubled Region: ECOWAS and the Development of the ECOWAS Standby Force. In: U. Engel & P. J. G, eds. Towards an African Peace and Security Regime: Continental Embeddedness, Transnational Linkages, Strategic Relevance. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 89-110..
Dr. Kwaku Danso is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research (FAAR) of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC). Kwaku holds a Ph.D. in International Conflict Management from the Kennesaw State University, and an MSc in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh. He also has a BA in Political Science with Sociology from the University of Ghana.
His Ph.D. dissertation titled “Rebuilding Relationships after Civil War: Relational Justice and Ex-Combatant Reintegration in Liberia” examined the relational dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding and proposed a comprehensive and sustainable approach to reintegration through a focus on relational justice. Kwaku previously coordinated the Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) programme at the KAIPTC. He teaches and facilitates a number of courses at the KAIPTC. Kwaku’s research interests involve Transitional and relational justice, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in conventional and non-permissive contexts, political violence, human security, and election-related violence. He has published a number of scholarly papers on peacekeeping in Africa, indigenous conflict transformation strategies, and elections in Ghana.
- International Relations
- Gender and International Relations
- Research Methods
- Danso, Kwaku, ‘Peacekeeping in Darfur: Confronting one of the World’s Worst Political and Humanitarian Crises’, in E. Birikorang, T. Jaye & F. Okyere, (eds), Annual Review of Peace Support Operations in Africa (Accra: KAIPTC, 2016).
- Danso, Kwaku, Mending Broken Relations after Civil War: The ‘Palava Hut’ and the Prospects for Lasting Peace in Liberia, KAIPTC Policy Brief, 2/ May, 2016.
- Danso, Kwaku. Managing Election-Related Conflict and Violence for Democratic Stability in Ghana II, (Accra: KAIPTC, 2016) (Co-editor)
- Danso, Kwaku, ‘Conclusion: Culture and Conflict Managements: The Need for a Paradigm Shift’, in A. G. Adebayo, J. J. Benjamin & B. D. Lundy, (eds), Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies: Global Perspectives (Maryland: Lexington Books, 2014) (with Sen, D. & Meneses, N).
Fiifi Edu-Afful (PhD) is a Research Fellow and Deputy Programme Head of Peace Support Operations (PSO) programme at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research (FAAR) of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana. He holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies (2015), an MPhil in Development Studies and a BA in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Cape Coast and the University of Ghana respectively. He also holds a diploma in Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) from the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) Sanremo, Italy.
Prior to his current position at KAIPTC, he worked with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) as a tutor for the MA programme on Governance and Sustainable Development. His research interest includes international interventions, contemporary and emerging security issues, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, gender and election security. He is currently undertaking research on ECOWAS/UN Peacekeeping Exit Frameworks, Hybrid Security Mechanism and Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys. He also facilitates training modules on International Interventions, Rule of law, Protection of Civilians and Gender and Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Conflict and Post-conflict settings.
- Migration, Citizenship and Conflict course (MA).
- Youth and Conflict in Africa (MA).
- Edu-Afful, F., 2016. African Agency in R2P: Interventions by African Union and ECOWAS in Mali, Cote D'Ivoire, and Libya. International Studies Review. XVIII(1), pp. 120-133 (with Aning, K.).
- Edu-Afful, F., April - June 2016. Mission Watch Quarterly Brief, Volume II (with Birikorang, E., Nelson, S., Annan, N. & Aubyn, F. K.).
- Edu-Afful, F., 2015. An Assessment of Police Pre-Deployment Training: Ghana Study KAIPTC Occasional Paper, Issue 40 (with Aubyn, F., Allotey-Pappoe, S. & Nelson, S.).
- Edu-Afful, F., 2015. Peackeeping Economies in a Sub-Regional Context: The Paradigmatic Cases of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, IX(3), pp. 391-407 (with Aning, K.).
Dr. Thomas Jaye holds the doctorate degree in International Politics from the Department of International Politics of the University of Aberystwyth, UK. He also holds the MA degree in History from the Moscow State University and has research interests in security studies, post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding, peace agreements and power-sharing, conflict studies and international history.
He has written widely and engaged in practical work on security sector reform. He is also co-editor of the ECOWAS and the Dynamics of Peacebuilding in West Africa; Compendium of ECOWAS Peace and Security Decisions; and author of Issues of Sovereignty, Strategy and Security in the ECOWAS Intervention in the Liberian Civil War. Dr. Jaye has also written on ECOWAS security culture and is currently working on the HIV/AIDS dimension of the SSR and DDR processes in Africa.
- Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development (MA).
- Jaye, T., 2016. The UN Had to Go, But Is Liberia Really Prepared for Peace. Daily Observer, 14 July. [Online] Available at: http://www.liberianobserver.com/commentaries/un-had-go-liberia-really-prepared-peace (with Pailey, R. N.)
- Jaye, T., 2016. Liberia. In: L. R. Cleary, T. German & M. Craig, eds. Security Sector Horizon Scanning 2016 - West Africa. Shrivenham: Cranfield University (with Aning, K.).
- Jaye, T., 2016. Ghana. In: L.R. Cleary, T. German & M. Craig, eds. Security Sector Horizon Scanning 2016 - West Africa. Shrivenham: Cranfield University.
- Jaye, T., 2015. Guinea Bissau. In: L.R. Cleary, A.M. Dorman & M. Craig, eds. Security Sector Horizon Scanning 2015 - West Africa. Shrivenham: Cranfield University.
Brigadier General (Dr) Emmanuel Wekem Kotia is the Deputy Commandant of 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, 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 as an instructor at the Ghana Military Academy from 1993 to 2000; Commanding Officer of the 66 Artillery Regiment of the Ghana Army from 2005 to 2009; and a Directing Staff/Lecturer at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) from 2009 to 2011. He served in a number of peacekeeping positions including: ECOMOG in Liberia (1990), UNFIL (four tours including as Commanding Officer of the Ghana Battalion (2006-2007)), MINURSO (1994), UNTAC (1992), UNAMIR (1993) and MONUC (2002).
General Kotia lectures on the Masters and PhD programmes at the KAIPTC and is a visiting lecturer/facilitator to the following institutions: GAFCSC; Ghana Police Command and Staff College; University of Bedfordshire, UK; Kennesaw State University, USA; Georgia Institute of Technology at Atlanta, USA; and the United States Military Academy at West Point. His areas of research interest are in Defence and International Security; International Politics; Security and Governance, Peace Operations, and Gender and Peace Studies.
- Contemporary and Emerging Security Issues: Governance in Africa:
- Perspectives to Current Threats to National Development (MA).
- Gender, War and Conflict in Africa (MA).
- National Security Framework (PhD).
- Kotia, E., 2013. Understanding the Geo-Politics of the War in Southern Lebanon. Accra: KAIPTC Occasional Paper, Issue 35.
- Kotia, E., 2016. An Evolving Security Dilemma: Adopting a Comprehensive Approach to Changing Dynamics of Terrorism in Africa. International Relations and Diplomacy, IV(2), pp. 85-94 (with Abdallah, M.).
- Kotia, E., 2015. Professionalism in Peacekeeping. African Defense Forum, VIII(4), 21 December 2015 [Online] Available at: http://adf-magazine.com/?p=5108
- Kotia, E. W., 2015. Ghana Armed Forces in Lebanon and Liberia Peace Operations. Lanham: Lexington Books.
- Kotia, E. W., 2014. The Lebanon-Israel War of 2006: Global Effects and its Aftermath. Small Wars Journal. [Online] Available at: smallwarsjournal.com/printpdf/15800 (with Edu-Afful, F.).
Kwaku Osei-Hwedie is a Professor of Governance and Leadership, and Dean of Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana. Before joining the KAIPTC, he was the Dean of the School of Governance and Leadership, Ghana Institute of Management and Public and Administration (GIMPA). From 1991 – 2010. He has taught at the University of Botswana, Gaborone and the University of Zambia, Lusaka.
He received his BA, Summa Cum Laude with highest honours in Sociology and PhD. in Social Welfare from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA; and Post Graduate Diploma in International Law from the University of Zambia, Lusaka. He has taught at Brandeis University; Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA, USA; St. Paul’s College, Lawrenceville, VA, USA; and Makerere University (Staff Exchange Program), Kampala, Uganda. He held the position of Deputy Director and Senior lecturer at the Commonwealth Youth Development Programme, Africa Regional Centre, Lusaka, Zambia from 1981 – 1983.
Currently, he supervises Masters and PhD students in Sociology and Social Work at the University of Ghana, Legon. In 2010, he was a member of the National Ministerial Committee to Investigate allegations of wrong doing at the Osu Children’s and Remand Homes, Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern African Institute of Public Policy Research.
He has authored and co-edited several academic works, including some 62 refereed Journal articles, 36 books and monographs, and 59 book chapters.
- Governance and Leadership in Africa (MA)
- Research Methods/ Writing Skills (PhD).
- Osei-Hwedie, K., 2012. Indigenous Conflict Resolution in Africa: The Case of Ghana and Botswana. In: B. Z. Osei-Hwedie, T. Galvin & H. Shinoda, eds. Indigenous Methods of Peacebuilding. Hiroshima: IPSHU, pp. 33-51 (with Rankopo, M.J.).
- Osei-Hwedie, K., 2012. Japan-Africa Relations: Applying the Asian Development Experience to Sub-Saharan Africa. New York: Cornell University Institute for African Development Occasional Paper Series, Issue 14 (with Osei-Hwedie, B.Z.).