Gilbert M. Khadiagala is the Jan Smuts Professor of International Relations and Director of the African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He was the Head of Department of International Relations at Wits (2007-2017). Professor Khadiagala obtained a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Nairobi, Kenya; an M.A. in Political Science from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; and a PhD in International Studies from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. He has taught for over 30 years in Kenya, Canada, the United States, and South Africa. His research focuses on African politics, mediation, and conflict resolution. Professor Khadiagala was the founding director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars in Washington DC (1999-2002) and has been a consultant to various international organizations.
This collaboration of renowned scholars and a practitioner in conflict management and African politics seeks to draw wide-ranging and timely conclusions on the early stages of mediation from six case studies: Burundi, Rwanda, the Congo, Sudan, and West Africa and the border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea.