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Doctoral candidate, Regent University

Craig Bailie is a former defence civilian and lecturer in Political Science at the Stellenbosch University School for Security and Africa Studies. His ongoing research interests include democratization, civil-military relations, political leadership, civic education and political theology.

Craig holds a Master's degree in International Studies from Rhodes University (2009) and a certificate in Thought Leadership for Africa's Renewal from the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (2017). He is a graduate of the Young African Leaders' Initiative (Midrand, 2017) and a delegate of the Young Diplomats Forum (Brussels, 2019) and the Wilberforce Academy (Oxford, 2019). He is presently pursuing a doctoral degree in Strategic Leadership.


  • 2011–2021
    Lecturer in Political Science, Stellenbosch University
  • 2010–2010
    MSDS Recruit, South African National Defence Force
  • 2009–2009
    Team Lead, Every Nation Church
  • 2008–2008
    Teaching Assistant, Rhodes University
  • 2007–2007
    Tutor, Rhodes University


  • 2017 
    UNISA Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, SLP Thought Leadership for Africa's Renewal
  • 2009 
    Rhodes University, MA International Studies
  • 2006 
    Rhodes University, BA Hons International Relations
  • 2005 
    Rhodes University, BA Politics, History, Psychology


  • 2018
    The Thinker, Leadership in Africa: The Heart of the Matter
  • 2018
    Conflict Trends, The African Military in a Democratic Age
  • 2017
    Politeia, The RARE Leadership Model, Jacob Zuma and Nkandla: Thoughts on the Virtues of Leadership
  • 2011
    Scientia Militaria, Contesting “Iraq”: A Social Constructivist Explanation

Professional Memberships

  • South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS)
  • Christians in Political Science
  • Young Diplomats Forum
  • Wilberforce Academy