Dr. Gilbert M. Khadiagala is the Jan Smuts Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has previously taught comparative politics and international relations in Kenya, Canada, and the United States. Dr. Khadiagala holds a doctorate in international studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. His research focuses on security and politics in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and the Great Lakes region. He is the recent author of Meddlers or Mediators? African Interveners in Civil Conflicts in Eastern Africa (2007), editor, Security Dynamics in Africa's Great Lakes Region (2006), co-author, Sudan: The Elusive Quest for Peace (2007), and co-editor Conflict Management and African Politics: Ripeness, Bargaining, and Mediation (2008). He is currently doing research on leadership in post-conflict reconstruction in Africa and mediation of electoral conflicts in Kenya and Zimbabwe.