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Tshepo Gwatiwa, PhD

Lecturer, Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University

Tshepo is Lecturer in Intelligence Studies, in the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, at Macquarie University (in Sydney, Australia). Prior to this, he was a lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) and the University of Botswana, as well as adjunct lecturer at the Botswana Defence Force's Defence Command and Staff College (BDF DCSC). His research interests include intelligence studies, violent extremism and cyberterrorism, foreign military actors in Africa, African agency in international politics, particularly the AU's international partnerships with the West and East.


  • 2023–present
    Lecturer, Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University
  • 2020–2022
    Lecturer, Department of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2018–2020
    Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, University of Botswana
  • 2016–2017
    Research Fellow, Center for Military Studies, Stellenbosch University
  • 2013–2016
    Teaching and Research Assistant , Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (IHEID), Geneva; Switzerland
  • 2013–2013
    Security Sector Reform Trainee, International Security Sector Advisory Team, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)


  • 2017 
    Institut des hautes études internationales et de développement de Genève, PhD in International Relations/Political Science