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Associate Professor of Strategy, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University

Abel Esterhuyse is an associate professor of strategy in the Faculty of Military Science of Stellenbosch University at the South African Military Academy. Holding a PhD from Stellenbosch University and an MSS from Pretoria University, he is also a graduate of the summer programme in military history at the US Military Academy, West Point, and the programme on the analysis of military operations and strategy (SWAMOS) of Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. Before joining the Faculty of Military Science, Prof Esterhuyse served as a lieutenant colonel in the South African Army. He teaches a wide variety of courses in the School for Security and Africa Studies of Stellenbosch University, regularly publishes on contemporary military issues and has a keen interest in (South African) military history. He served for five years as the editor of Scientia Militaria: The South African Journal of Military Studies. His most recent publication focused on “South Africa and the Search for Strategic Effect in the Central African Republic”


  • –present
    Prof, Head of the Department of Strategic Studies


    Stellenosch University, PhD