Lecturer in Political Science (Mil), Stellenbosch University

Craig Bailie serves as a facilitator of learning at the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Military Science. He is based in the School for Security and Africa Studies where he lectures Political Science. His current 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).

Through teaching, writing and community engagement, Craig hopes to contribute towards the development of an engaged South African and African citizenry that is sensitive to the norms and ideals characteristic of democratic government and principled leadership.


  • 2011–present
    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


  • 2018 
    Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, Introduction to Security Sector Reform
  • 2018 
    Essec Business School, Mediation & Conflict Resolution
  • 2018 
    Boston University, Faith & Finance
  • 2017 
    UNISA Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, SLP Thought Leadership for Africa's Renewal
  • 2017 
    St. Augustine College of South Africa, Social & Political Ethics: Reconciliation & Nation-Building
  • 2017 
    The Open University, Introduction to Public Leadership, Organizational Leadership
  • 2011 
    Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Organizational Leadership: The Psychology of Leadership
  • 2009 
    Rhodes University, MA International Studies
  • 2006 
    Rhodes University, BA Hons International Relations
  • 2005 
    Rhodes University, BA Politics, History, Psychology


  • 2018
    Conflict Trends, The African Military in a Democratic Age
  • 2018
    The Thinker, Leadership in Africa: The Heart of the Matter
  • 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
  • Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)
  • Young Diplomats Forum
  • Wilberforce Academy