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Meet Dr Siphamandla Zondi

Siphamandla Zondi is a professor and the head of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, and coordinates the Department’s Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs

Siphamandla Zondi is a professor and the head of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, and coordinates the Department’s Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs, which analyses strategic dynamics in national, continental and international affairs including decision-making, leadership, norms, values, and agency. He also overseas the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation and the Centre for Mediation in Africa. Between 2004 and 2016, he worked first as the head of the Africa programme of the Institute for Global Dialogue associated with Unisa and later as the head of the Institute itself. He was previously employed to lead research on regional integration at the

 Africa Institute between 2000 and 2003. His intellectual interests lie in the area of Africa’s international relations as well as theory building in relation to decolonization and transformation of the modern world and its systems. His recent published work focused on the diplomacy of common positions at the African Union, decolonising diplomatic theory and practice, south-south agency in global affairs, African voices in international relations and the paradigm of peace and dialogue. Zondi is the co-editor (with Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni) of the recently published book entitled Decolonising the University, its Knowledge and Disciplines (Carolina Press) – available on Amazon.

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