Dr John-Paul Banchani

African Leadership Centre is very pleased to announcement that our Alumnus, Dr John-Paul Banchani, has just completed his PhD programme at the University of Bamberg, Germany. Very many congratulations to Dr Banchani!

John-Paul was undertaking the Structured PhD programme funded under the German Excellence Initiative (DFG) , within the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS). He passed his viva on 20th December 2017, and has now been signed off and completed all aspects of his PhD. The title of his thesis is 'The Role of Functional Differentiation in the Governance of the Decision-Making Process of the African Peer Review Mechanism: Merit-Based Decision-Making or Power Politics?'. The research looks at decision-making processes within international institutions with a focus on the African Peer Review Mechanism.

John-Paul is currently teaching a course at the Chair of International Relations, University of Bamberg. He is looking for a Post-Doc research opportunity to hone his research and teaching skills in his area of expertise. His long term career plan is to engage in policy oriented research.

Dr Banchani undertook the ALC Peace and Security Fellowship for African Scholars in 2011-12. He is the 9th ALC Alumni to have completed a PhD programme. A further 13 are currently undertaken their doctoral studies, including 3 on the ALCs own PhD Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development at King's College London. A good number of others are formulating their PhD proposals and applying to institutions across Africa and the world.

Many congratulations again to Dr Banchani from all at ALC, and good luck with the next steps of your exciting career!

Book Launch

A Theory of Isis: Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order

With Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, author of "A Theory of Isis: Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order"

How should ISIS be theorized? Where was the violence of the Islamic State born, what meaning did it carry, and where did it head? Ultimately, what impact has the transnational armed group had on contemporary international history and how should social sciences account for it? Arguing that dominant accounts of the radical Islamist group have been characteristically under-theorized and overly descriptive, Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou articulates in his new book A Theory of ISIS – Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order (University of Chicago Press and Pluto Press, 2018), an original perspective on the genesis, nature, and trajectory of the Islamic State historicizing it in relation to colonialism, modernity, and globalization.  

Date: 13th February 2018

Time: 13.00 - 14.30pm

Venue: War Studies meeting room ​​​​​​​(K6.07), Strand Campus, ​​​​​​​King’s College London

Click here to Register for the Event

Chair: Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin

Vice President/Vice-Principal (International) King’s College London & Professor of Security, Leadership & Development

Opening Remarks: Professor John Gearson

Vice-Dean International, Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, King's College London
Professor of National Security Studies & Director, Centre for Defence Studies

Commentator: Dr Shiraz Maher,

Deputy Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and a member of the War Studies Department at King’s College London.

About the Author: Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou is Professor of International History and Chair of the International History Department at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Previously the Associate Director of the Programme on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University, he also teaches at the Doctoral School at Sciences Po Paris. He is the author of Iraq and the Second Gulf War – State-building and Regime Security (2002), Contre-Croisade – Le 11 Septembre et le Retournement du Monde (2004), Understanding Al Qaeda – Changing War and Global Politics (2011), and co-editor of Democratization in the 21st Century (2016).

King's Africa Debates at ALC, Kings College London

Leadership in Africa: What happens after a despot leaves?

The Simulation Seminar is undertaken by
ALC Peace and Security Fellows
(Current Fellows are from Morocco, Gambia, Mauritius and South Africa)
Date: 16th February 2018

Time: 11.30 - 2.00pm

Venue: The River Room, King’s College London

Opening Remarks by Dr. Miles Tendi, Associate Professor in African Politics (Oxford University)

Panel 1: The downfall of Mugabe: incident, warning  or prelude?  
The question is whether the issue of human security (which was a major problem under Mugabe) has been addressed. And how has the opposition managed to position itself in the new arrangement? Are Zimbabweans being taken for a ride by the Crocodile?

Panel 2: Libya’s human slave trade in an anarchic state
The ongoing crisis in Libya ties in to wider debates about democracy, foreign interventions and leadership. To what extent does getting rid of one’s despot bring about positive transformation of societies? What happens when our assumptions about democratic transitions don’t prove to be true? To what extent are these societies’ voices being heard?
This seminar is a core part of the ALC Fellowship programme. It is high-level role-play sessions where Fellows debate and act out the roles of key personalities involved in the management of significant security situations in Africa and its interactions with the World. The sessions provide an opportunity for the Fellows to display their analysis of current affairs from a variety of perspectives as well as their capacity to critically engage with the public on the most pertinent issues that are affecting Africa today.

The debates are an excellent tool to help us understand the problems that our continent faces from all perspectives: those that we are comfortable with and even those that we are less comfortable with. The event will also give us a glimpse at the wonderful work being done by the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London and the University of Nairobi on preparing young Africans for their leadership roles today.

Lunch will be served
Register here to book your place

The Africa Research Group and African Leadership Centre invite you to

King’s Engaged in Africa 2018
Security and Development

24th – 25th January 2018
Strand Campus & Bush House
King’s College London
How does academic research and practice at King's College London(KCL) impact the African continent, and vice versa?

What kinds of collaborative partnerships and community engagements are undertaken by King's researchers and their African counterparts?

What are the emerging research issues that academics are engaging with on the continent, and where does King's play a role?

The Conference

Organised by the Africa Research Group (War Studies, KCL) and the African Leadership Centre (ALC), King's College London. King’s Engaged in Africa showcases the work of King’s College London researchers actively engaged in and with the African continent, and draws on perspectives from the wider African research community. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Security and Development’ broadly defined.

The conference will begin with an evening reception on 24th January 2018, followed by four thematic panels on 25th January featuring leading King’s researchers and external speakers. Full details of speakers and times can be found here.

How can I attend?

The conference is free and open to everyone, so you don't need to be a King's staff member or student to attend. However, you will need to register here to book your place.

We look forward to welcoming you!

The African leadership Centre is delighted to announce that Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin has been appointed as Vice President/Vice-Principal (International) King’s College London, having served in this position on an interim basis from April 2017.

Prof. ‘Funmi is a Professor of Security, Leadership & Development and was the Founding Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC) and its flagship programme, Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women. She was also Programme Director of the ALC King’s College London MSc programmes Security, Leadership and Society and the Post Graduate Research Programme on Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development.

Prof. ‘Funmi is internationally renowned for her passion and expertise in the area of effective leadership in peace building and security and she has had a long and distinguished career at King’s in both research and teaching.

An Extra-Ordinary Professor in University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences, ‘Funmi was appointed in January 2015 by the UN Secretary-General – Ban Ki Moon as a member of the Advisory Group of Experts on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture and in 2016 as a member of the UN’s Advisory Group of Experts on the Global Study on Youth, Peace & Security.

Prof. Olonisakin will continue her research role as lead investigator for the ALC’s ongoing research on “Peace, Society and the State in Africa”, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The ALC is proud of her achievement and wishes her all the best in this role as well as her continued contributions to knowledge on leadership, peace and security in Africa and beyond.


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