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Dr Chris M. A. Kwaja

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Chris M. A. Kwaja, Ph.D., is currently a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Centre for Peace and Security Studies, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Abuja, Nigeria. He holds a Doctorate Degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies. In 2008, He was an exchange fellow of Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, United States. He is also a recipient of several research awards such as the CODESRIA Governance Institute on Private Military and Security Companies, 2009; United Nations Mandated University for Peace Doctoral Research Award, 2009; as well as the Peace Fellow Award of the West Africa Research Centre, 2010. He is an alumni of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland, 2010. From June 2011 to May 2015, He served as Director General, Research and Planning, Governor’s Office, as well as Honourable Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftancy Affairs, Plateau State, Nigeria. In June and July 2016, He was a fellow of the Brown University International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI), Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies (Humanitarian Response and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Increasing Effectiveness and Accountability in the Age of Complex Emergency), Providence, Rhode Island, United States, as well as the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI) Peacebuilding Fellowship, Post-Conflict Transitions and international Justice, The Netherlands (Clingendael) Institute of International Affairs, The Hague, Netherlands, respectively. In September 2016, He was appointed a Member of the United States Institute for Peace (USIP)- Senior Working Group (SWG) on the Drivers of Instability in Northern Nigeria, with specific reference to developing inclusive and sustainable strategies for addressing the drivers of instability in Northern Nigeria, 2016. Kwaja has over 50 scholarly publications to his credit in journals, books, monographs series, technical reports, policy and security briefs among others. His research focuses on the politics of identity in Africa, the privatization of security, democratization, conflict and peace studies, as well as security sector reform in transition societies.