Thomas Mandrup is an Extraordinary Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and Associate Professor at Royal Danish Defence College, Denmark, and an external lecturer at the Centre for African Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has published articles and book chapters, and co-edited several books on issues related to African security governance and South African foreign policy. His three latest co-edited books were entitled Towards good order at Sea – African Experiences was published by Sun Media in February 2015 and The Brics and Coexistence – an alternative vision of world order was published by Routledge in October 2014, and On Military Culture: Theory, Practice and African Armed Forces was published by Cape Town University Press 1st October 2013, whilst his latest book chapter, Denmark: How not if to Outsource Military Services was published in Commercialising Security in Europe Anna Leander (Eds) Routledge/PRIO March 2013. Currently he is co-editing a book on the African Standby Forces, and finalizing a monography on the South African National Defence Force.
He received his PhD in International Relations (2007) from the University Copenhagen, Denmark for a dissertation entitled: ‘Africa: Salvation or Despair?A study of the post-apartheid South African government’s use of the military tool in its foreign policy conduct from 1994 to 2006’. Dr. Mandrup was as a Doctoral Candidate attached to the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS). He has previously worked as a consultant on South African foreign policy for Chatham House in London as part of a FCO/MOD commissioned project on South African. Currently his is an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies. He has extensive fieldwork experience from for instance DR. Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sudan. Currently he is heading the African section of a larger EU funded project (Horizon 2020) on EU conflict management.