Kenneth john menkhaus

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Department of Political Science 650 Dogwood Lane

PO Box 7069, Davidson College Davidson, NC 28036

Davidson, NC 28035

Ph (704) 894-2291/ Fax (704) 894-2071

Ph.D., International Studies, University of South Carolina, December 1989.

B.A., Xavier University, 1982.

Diplôme Annuel, Université de la Sorbonne, 1981.
Academic Positions:
Professor, Davidson College, August 2004-.

Visiting Research Fellow, Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala Sweden, Spring 2014.

Resident Director, Davidson in India Program, Fall 2013.

Assistant/Associate Professor, Davidson College, 1991-2004.

Visiting Scholar, US Army Strategic Studies Institute, Aug. 2011-July 2012.

Visiting Scholar, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden,


Visiting Professor, US Army Peacekeeping Institute, Carlisle PA, 1994-1995.

Assistant Professor and Director of the Office of African Studies, The American University in Cairo, Egypt, 1989-1991.
Administrative and Other Professional Positions:
Chair, Political Science Department, Davidson College, August 2015-.

Senior Research Advisor, the Enough Project, 2015-.

Senior Technical Advisor, United Nations Development Office for Somalia, Nairobi Kenya, July 1998 to January 1999.

Special Political Advisor, Policy Planning Group, United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM), Mogadishu Somalia, August 1993 to April 1994.

Professional Distinctions, Awards and Fellowships:
Learning by Giving Foundation, $100,000 Grant, for philanthropic giving exercises in the course

“Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector,” 2010.

Global Partners Project East Africa Travel Grant, Summer 2003, 2004.

U.S. Institute of Peace Research Grant, July-December 2002.

Smith-Richardson Grant, 1999-2000.

Fulbright Teaching/Research Grant, University of Yaounde, Cameroon (declined), 1993-94.

Graduate Career Award in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sigma Xi Chapter of the University of South Carolina, 1990.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Grant, for research in Somalia and Europe, 1987-88.

University of South Carolina Graduate Student of the Year, 1985.
Fields of Concentration:
Comparative Politics: Africa; Failed States; Conflict Analysis; Local Governance; Political Islam

International Relations: United Nations; Peace Operations; Diasporas; Indian Ocean Politics

Development Studies: Post-Conflict Development Assistance; Non-Profit Sector

U.S. Foreign Policy: Policy in the Horn of Africa; Counter-Terrorism; Development Assistance

Language Proficiency:
Advanced written and spoken French

Basic spoken Swedish

Basic written and spoken Italian


Somalia: State Collapse and the Threat of Terrorism. Adelphi Paper 364. Oxford: Oxford

University Press for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2005.

(co-authors Mark Bradbury and Roland Marchal). Somalia Human Development Report 2001

Nairobi: UNDP, December 2001.

(co-author Roland Marchal). Somalia: Human Development Report 1998. Nairobi: UNDP, October 1998.

(co-author Lou Ortmayer). Key Decisions in the Somalia Intervention. Pew Case Studies in International Affairs. Washington DC: Georgetown University, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, 1995.

“State Failure, State-building, and Prospects for a ‘Functional Failed State’ in Somalia.” The

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science vol. 656 (Fall 2014), pp.


“Calm Between the Storms? Patterns of Political Violence in Somalia, 1950-1980.” Journal of

Eastern African Studies vol. 8, no. 4 (November 2014), pp. 558-572.

Al-Shabaab and Social Media: A Double-Edged Sword.” The Brown Journal of World Affairs

vol.20, no 2 (Spring/Summer 2014), pp. 309-27.

“Local Governance and Peacebuilding: Challenges of Legitimate Representation.” ACCORD

issue 25 (2014), pp. 74-77.

Al-Shabaab’s Capabilities Post-Westgate.” CTC Sentinel, vol. 7, no. 2 (February 2014), pp. 4-9.

(co-author Jatin Dua). “The Context of Contemporary Piracy: The Case of Somalia.” Journal of

International Criminal Justice no 10 (2012), pp. 749-766. accessible at

“No Access: Critical Bottlenecks in the 2011 Somali Famine.” Global Food Security special

issue, vol, 1, no 1 (2012), pp. 29-35.

“Somalia at the Tipping Point?” Current History vol. 111, no. 745 (May 2012), pp. 169-74.

“Stabilisation and Humanitarian Access in a Collapsed State: The Somali Case.” Disasters vol.

34, supplement no. 3 (October 2010), pp. 320-41.

“State Fragility as Wicked Problem.” PRISM vol 1, no. 2 (March 2010), pp. 85-100.

“Somalia: What Went Wrong?” Royal United Services Institute Journal (UK) vol. 154, no. 4

(August 2009), pp. 6-13.

“Somalia: ‘They Created a Desert and Called it Peace(building).’” Review of African Political

Economy vol. 36, no. 120 (2009), pp. 223-33. Reprinted in Conflict and Security in

Africa, edited by Rita Abrahamsen, 97-107. Woodbridge UK: James Currey, 2013.

“False Start in AFRICOM.” Contemporary Security Policy vol. 30, no. 1 (April 2009), pp. 53-57. “Dangerous Waters.” Survival vol. 51. no. 1 (Feb.-March 2009), pp. 21-25.

“Arrangements sécuritaires locaux dans les régions somalies de la corne de l’afrique.” Politique africaine no. 111 (October 2008), pp. 22-43.

“The Rise of a Mediated State in Northern Kenya: The Wajir Story and its Implications for Statebuilding.” Afrika Focus [Ghent] vol. 21, no. 2 (2008), pp. 23-38.

“The Crisis in Somalia: Tragedy in Five Acts.” African Affairs no. 106 (Summer 2007), pp. 357- 90.

“The Somali Catastrophe: Bigger Than the Horn -- And Not Over Yet.” Current History vol. 106, no. 700 (May 2007), pp. 195-201.

“Governance without Government in Somalia: Spoilers, State Building, and the Politics of

Coping.” International Security Vol. 31, no. 3 (Winter 2006/07), pp. 74-106.

“Locale sikkerhedssystemer i somalisk Østafrika.” Den Ny Verden: Tidsskrift for Internationale

Studier (Copenhagen: DIIS), vol. 39 (2006), pp. 41-52.

“Somalia in 2005: No Exit.” Annales d’Éthiopie Vol. 21 (Fall 2005).

“Conflict Prevention and Human Security: Issues and Challenges.” Conflict, Security, and

Development vol. 4, no. 3 (December 2004), pp. 419-463.

“Vicious Circles and the Security-Development Nexus in Somalia.” Conflict, Security, and

Development vol. 4, no. 2 (August 2004), pp. 149-165.

“A ‘Sudden Outbreak of Tranquility:’ Assessing the New Peace in Africa.” Fletcher Forum of

World Affairs vol. 28, no. 2 (May 2004), pp. 73-90.

“Somaliland versus Puntland: The Conflict over Sool Region.” Journal of the Anglo-Somali

Society no. 35 (Spring 2004), pp. 47-50.

“Quasi-States, Nation-Building, and Terrorist Safe Havens.” Journal of Conflict Studies vol. 22,

no. 2 (Fall 2003), pp. 7-23.

“State Collapse in Somalia: Second Thoughts.” Review of African Political Economy vol. 30,

no. 97 (September 2003), pp. 405-422.

“Generational Politics in Somalia.” Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society no. 34 (Fall 2003), pp.


“Bantu Ethnic Identities in Somalia.” Annales d’Éthiopie Vol. 19 (Fall 2003), pp. 323-339.

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