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Dr. Daniel Eizenga is a Research Fellow responsible for conducting policy-relevant research advancing understanding of pressing security challenges facing Africa. Dr. Eizenga’s research primarily focuses on countering violent extremism in the Sahel and the intersecting roles of civil-military relations, traditional institutions, and civil society across various regime trajectories of African states. He has published his work in a variety of academic and policy outlets and regularly offers expert interviews to the media.

Prior to joining the Africa Center, Dr. Eizenga was a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre FrancoPaix at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a research associate with the Sahel Research Group based at the University of Florida. He has presented his research to and collaborated with several academic and government institutions in both the United States and Canada, including the Canadian Forces College, the Joint Special Operations University, Special Operations Command Africa, the Royal Military College in St. Jean, Québec, the George C. Marshall Center, the United States Institute of Peace, and Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio in Monterey. He also contributes regularly to academic conferences.

Dr. Eizenga holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in political science with specializations in African studies from the University of Florida, as well as a B.A. in international development studies with a minor in African studies from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


  • –present
    Research Fellow, Africa Center for Strategic Studies