Dr. Laurie Nathan

Research Fellow
Room 4.11
Tel: 021 - 6504306
email: laurie.nathan_at_up.ac.za

B.Bus.Sci/LLB (Cape Town), M.Phil (Peace Studies, Bradford), Ph.D (Historical Studies, UCT)

Academic Profile

I am the Director of the Centre for Mediation at the University of Pretoria and Visiting Professor at Cranfield University in the UK. I am a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster and a member of the United Nations Roster of Security Sector Reform Experts. I joined the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science as an Honorary Research Associate in 2005 and teach an Honours / Masters course on Understanding and Managing Conflict.

Current Teaching: EGS4037S - Understanding and Managing Conflict

Research Interests

I am interested in the causes, prevention and resolution of civil wars in Africa. This entails studying the structural causes of state crisis; regional security regimes and dynamics; and mediation and other forms of peacemaking. I am also interested in security sector reform and have had extensive experience as a policy adviser to the South African government and other governments in this area.

Publications

Books

  • Nathan, L. (forthcoming 2011) The Failure of the SADC Organ: Security and Peacemaking in Southern Africa, Ashgate
  • Nathan, L.(2007) No Ownership, No Commitment: A Guide to Local Ownership of Security Sector Reform. Birmingham: University of Birmingham
  • Nathan, L. (1994) The Changing of the Guard: Armed Forces and Defence Policy in a Democratic South Africa. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council
  • Nathan, L. (1990) Out of Step: War Resistance in South Africa. London: Catholic Institute for International Relations
  • Cock, J. and Nathan, L. (eds) (1989) War and Society: The Militarisation of South Africa. Cape Town: David Philip and New York: St Martins Press

Chapters in books

  • Nathan, L. (2010) Power, security and regional conflict management in Southern Africa and South Asia, in Harpviken, K. (ed), 2010, Troubled Regions and Fragile States: The Clustering and Contagion of Armed Conflict, Comparative Social Research, vol. 27, Bingley: Emerald, pp. 309-332
  • Nathan, L. (2009) Exploring the Domestic Intelligence Mandate: The Case of South Africa, in Africa, S. and Kwadjo, J. (eds) Changing Intelligence Dynamics in Africa. Birmingham: University of Birmingham, pp. 155-178
  • Nathan, L. (2009) Courting El Bashir: South Africa, Sudan and Darfur, in Shillinger, K. (ed) Africa's Peacemaker? Lessons from South African Conflict Mediation. Aukland Park: Jacana, pp. 81-91
  • Nathan, L. (2008) The Challenge of Local Ownership of SSR: From Donor Rhetoric to Practice, in Donais, T. (ed) Local Ownership and Security Sector Reform. Zurich: LIT Verlag, pp. 19-36
  • Nathan, L. (2007) The Making and Unmaking of the Darfur Peace Agreement, in De Waal, A. (ed) War in Darfur and the Search for Peace. Harvard: Harvard University Press, pp. 245-266
  • Nathan, L. (2004) Mediation and the African Union's Panel of the Wise, in Field, S. (ed) Peace in Africa: Towards a Collaborative Security Regime. Johannesburg: Institute for Global Dialogue, pp. 63-80
  • Nathan, L. (2002) Organ Failure: A Review of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, in Laakso, L. (ed) Regional Integration for Conflict Prevention and Peace Building in Africa: Europe, SADC and ECOWAS. Helsinki: Department of Political Science, University of Helsinki, pp. 62-102
  • Nathan, L (2001) The absent sentry: sanctions and the problem of weak border control, in Brzoska, M. (ed), 2001, Smart Sanctions: The Next Steps, BICC Disarmament and Conversion Studies, No. 6. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden: Bonn International Centre for Conversion, pp. 101-114
  • Nathan, L. (2001) Undue Pressure: International Mediation in African Civil Wars, in Reychler, L. and Paffenholz, T. (eds) Peacebuilding: A Field Guide. Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner, pp. 184-198
  • Nathan, L. (2001) Healing Divided Societies: Sharing Lessons and Experiences, in Villa-Vicencio, C. and Savage, T. (eds) Rwanda and South Africa in Dialogue: Addressing the Legacies of Genocide and a Crime Against Humanity. Cape Town: Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, pp. 125-127
  • Nathan, L. (1998) The 1996 Defence White Paper: An Agenda for State Demilitarisation, in Cock, J. and McKenzie, P. (eds) From Defence to Development: Redirecting Military Resources in South Africa. Cape Town: David Philip, pp. 41-59
  • Nathan, L. (1996) Civil-Military Relations in the New South Africa, in Gutteridge, W. (ed) South Africa's Defence and Security into the 21st Century. Aldershot: Dartmouth, pp. 87-109
  • Nathan, L. (1994) Revisiting Security, in Minnaar, A. Liebenberg, I. and Schutte, C. (eds) The Hidden Hand: Covert Operations in South Africa. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council, pp. 375-389
  • Nathan, L. (1994) The Creation of a National Peacekeeping Force in South Africa, in Garba, J.N. (ed) Restructuring the Security Forces for a New South Africa. New York: Institute for International Education, pp. 34-44
  • Nathan, L. (1993) From a Police Force to a Police Service: The New Namibian Police, in Mathews, M., Heymann, P. and Mathews, A. (eds) Policing the Conflict in South Africa. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, pp. 121-130
  • Nathan, L. and Philips, M. (1992) Cross-Currents: Security Developments under FW de Klerk, in Moss, G. and Obery, I. (eds) South African Review 6: From `Red Friday' to Codesa. Johannesburg: Ravan, pp. 112-127
  • Nathan, L. (1992) Human Rights, Reconciliation and Conflict in Independent Namibia: The Formation of the Namibian Army and Police Force, in Rupesinghe, K. (ed) Internal Conflicts and Governance. London: MacMillan, pp. 152-168
  • Nathan, L. (1989) Troops in the Townships, in Cock, J. and Nathan, L. (eds) War and Society: The Militarisation of South Africa. Cape Town: David Philip and New York: St Martins Press, pp. 67-78
  • Nathan, L. (1989) Marching to a Different Beat: The History of the End Conscription Campaign, in Cock, J. and Nathan, L. (eds) War and Society: The Militarisation of South Africa, pp. 308-323
  • Nathan, L. (1989) Waging peace: church resistance to militarisation (with Harald Winkler), in Cock and Nathan, War and Society, 1989, op cit, pp. 324-337
  • Nathan, L (1988) Resistance to militarisation: three years of the End Conscription Campaign, in Moss, G. and Obery, I. (eds), 1988, South African Review 4, Johannesburg: Ravan, pp. 104-116

Articles in accredited journals

  • Nathan, L. (2011) Correspondence. A case for rebel victories? Reviewing the evidence and method, International Security (forthcoming 2011)
  • Nathan, L. (2011) Interests, ideas and ideology: South Africa’s policy on Darfur’, African Affairs, 2011, 110(438): 55-74
  • Nathan, L. (2010) The African Union and regional organisations in Africa: communities of insecurity, African Security Review, 2010, 19(2): 106-113
  • Nathan, L. (2010) Intelligence Bound: The South African Constitution and Intelligence Services, International Affairs 86(1), forthcoming
  • Nathan, L. (2009) AFRICOM: A Threat to Africa's Security, Contemporary Security Policy 30(1), pp. 58-61
  • Nathan, L. (2009) Lighting up the Intelligence Community: An Agenda for Intelligence Reform in South Africa, African Security Review 18(1), pp. 91-104
  • Nathan, L. (2008), The Causes of Civil War: The False Logic of Collier and Hoeffler, South African Review of Sociology 39(2), pp. 262-275
  • Nathan, L. (2007) The Failure of the Darfur Mediation, Journal of Ethnopolitics 6(4), pp. 495-511
  • Nathan, L. (2007) Africa's Early Warning System: An Emperor with No Clothes?, South African Journal of International Affairs 14(1), pp. 49-60
  • Nathan, L. (2006) SADC's Uncommon Approach to Common Security, 1992-2003, Journal of Southern African Studies 32(3), pp. 605-622 (forthcoming)
  • Nathan, L. (2006) Domestic Instability and Security Communities, European Journal of International Relations 12(2), pp. 275-299
  • Nathan, L. (2005) Consistencies and Inconsistencies in South Africa's Foreign Policy in Africa, International Affairs 81(2), pp. 361-372
  • Nathan, L. (2000) Up in Arms: A Critique of the Conventional Arms Control Bill, South African Journal on Human Rights 16(4), pp. 703-713
  • Nathan, L. (1995) Who Guards the Guardians? An Agenda for Civil-Military Relations and Military Professionalism in South Africa, Strategic Review for Southern Africa, 17(1), pp. 47-74
  • Nathan, L. (1994) A New Approach to Security in Africa and Southern Africa, International Journal of Group Tensions, 24(1), pp. 23-41
  • Nathan, L. (1994) With Open Arms: Confidence- and Security-Building Measures in Southern Africa, South African Journal of International Affairs, 1(2), pp. 110-126
  • Nathan, L. (1993) Towards a Post-Apartheid Threat Analysis, Strategic Review for Southern Africa, 15(1), pp. 43-71
  • Nathan, L. (1992) Towards a Conference on Security, Stability, Development and Co-operation in Africa, Africa Insight, 22(3), pp. 212-217
  • Nathan, L. and Phillips, M. (1991) South African Security Policy and Security Forces in Transition, Social Justice, 18(1-2)

Other academic articles

  • Nathan, L. (2006) No Ownership, No Peace: The Darfur Peace Agreement, Working Paper Series 2(5), Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics
  • Nathan, L. (2005) The Frightful Inadequacy of Most of the Statistics: A Critique of Collier and Hoeffler on Causes of Civil War, Discussion Paper Series, 11, Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics
  • Nathan, L. (2004) An Uncommon Approach to Common Security in Southern Africa, African Renaissance, 1(3), pp. 90-94
  • Nathan, L. (2004) Security Communities and the Problem of Domestic Instability, Working Paper Series, 1(55), Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics
  • Nathan, L. (2004) The Absence of Common Values and Failure of Common Security in Southern Africa, 1992-2003, Working Paper Series, 1(50), Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics
  • Nathan, L. (2004) Accounting for South Africa's Successful Transition to Democracy, Discussion Paper, 5, Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics
  • Nathan, L. (2004) Obstacles to Security Sector Reform in New Democracies, Journal of Security Sector Management, 2(3). Republished in McCartney, C., Fischer M. and Wils, O. (eds) (2004), Security Sector Reform: Potentials and Challenges for Conflict Transformation, Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series, 2, pp. 29-33; and in Mirador de Seguridad, Instituto de Estudios Estrategicos y Politicas Publicas, Managua, February 2005, pp. 1-5
  • Nathan, L. (2000) Security sector reform in new democracies, BICC Brief, 2000, 15: 23-28, Bonn International Centre for Conversion
  • Nathan, L. (2000) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Structural Causes of Crisis and Violence in Africa, Peace and Change, 25(2), pp. 188-207. Republished as an Occasional Paper of Track Two, 2001, 10(2), Centre for Conflict Resolution; and in Batchelor, P. and Kingma, K. (eds) (2004), Demilitarisation and Peace-Building in Southern Africa: Concepts and Processes, vol. 1. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 41-58
  • Nathan, L. (1999) When Push Comes to Shove: The Failure of International Mediation in African Civil Wars, Track Two Occasional Paper, 8(2)
  • Nathan, L. (1998) A South African Policy Framework on Peace Initiatives in Africa, Southern African Political and Economic Monthly, 11(3), pp. 25-30. Republished in Journal of Humanitarian Assistance, March 1998
  • Nathan, L. (1998) Good Governance, Security and Disarmament in Africa, African Journal of Political Science, 3(2), pp. 69-79
  • Nathan, L. and Honwana, J. (1995) After the Storm: Common Security and Conflict Resolution in Southern Africa, The Arusha Papers: A Working Series on Southern African Security, 3, Centre for Southern African Studies, University of the Western Cape
  • Nathan, L. (1991) The Joker in the Pack: The South African Security Forces in Transition, Peace Review, 3(4), pp. 41-46
  • Nathan, L. (1991) Riding the Tiger: The Integration of Armed Forces and the Post-Apartheid Military, Southern African Perspectives, 10
  • Nathan, L. (1991) Marching to a Different Drum: A Description and Assessment of the Formation of the Namibian Police and Defence Force, Southern African Perspectives, 4

Principal drafter of official documents

  • Ministerial Review Commission on Intelligence, 'Intelligence in a Constitutional Democracy. Final Report to the Minister for Intelligence Services, the Honourable Mr Ronnie Kasrils MP1, September 2008, South Africa
  • Ministerial Review Commission on Intelligence, 'Submission on the Protection of Information Bill', submitted to the Ad-Hoc Committee on Intelligence in the National Assembly, March 2008
  • Ministerial Review Commission on Intelligence, 'Submission on the National Strategic Intelligence Amendment Bill', submitted to the Ad-Hoc Committee on Intelligence in the National Assembly, July 2008
  • SADC Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation (Piggs Peak Draft, 26 May 2000)
  • Report on Defence Posture, Functions and Force Design, Defence Review, Department of Defence, April 1997
  • 'Defence in a Democracy': White Paper on National Defence for the Republic of South Africa, May 1996
  • First Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Alleged Arms Transactions between Armscor and one Eli Wazan and Other Related Matters (with Mr Justice E. Cameron), June 1995
  • Second Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Alleged Arms Transactions between Armscor and one Eli Wazan and Other Related Matters, November 1995



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