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Dylan Craig Sr Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

PhD (International Relations), American University; MA (Historical Studies), University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa; Postgraduate Diploma in Organization and Management, UCT; BA (Psychology), UCT

Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
Book Currently Reading
James C. Scott, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed.
Dylan Craig is a senior professorial lecturer of International Relations in the School of International Studies. His most recent work is on proxy wars, the intermediarization of violence more generally, and the "sovereign interstices" to which these intermediarized forms of violence are adapted; this is also the topic of his recently published book, "Sovereignty, War and the Global State" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Before joining the SIS community in 2004, he taught colonial and Cold War history at Rhodes University in South Africa.


Spring 2020

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: The Persistence of Pirates

  • SISU-211 Civilizations of Africa

  • SISU-306 Adv Int'l Studies Research: The Case Study Approach

Summer 2020

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: The Persistence of Pirates

Fall 2020

  • SISU-206 Intro to Int'l Studies Rsrch

  • SISU-210 Peace, Global Sec & Conflt Res

  • SISU-210 Peace, Global Sec & Conflt Res

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Irmgard Coninx Stiftung Roundtable Award, 2014
  • SIS Outstanding Teaching in a Term Faculty Appointment, 2013
  • Irmgard Coninx Stiftung Fellow, 2012
  • AU Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Scholarship, 2012
  • SIS William S. Olsen Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2011   
  • ISA Security Studies Paper Award, 2010   

Professional Presentations

    • ‘Russian Forward Policy after 1990’ (with Kellianne McClain), International Security Studies annual conference (Springfield MA, November 2015)
    • ‘Microstates as Global Security Partners’, International Security Studies annual conference (Austin TX, November 2014)
    • ‘Simulation Exercises as an Aid for Teaching State Formation in Africa,’ Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa annual conference, Washington DC, October 2014
    • ‘The Guns of 1989: Conflict Studies and the Search for a New Way to Study War’, Irmgard Coninx Stiftung Roundtable (Berlin, Germany, June 2014) 
    • ‘Playing Around with Games,’ (with Leah Gates) Ann Ferren Teaching Conference (American University, Washington DC, January 2014)
    • ‘African Spring? The Geopolitics of Contagious Revolution,’ Peace Science Society / International Studies Association Joint Conference (Budapest, Hungary, July 2013) 
    • ‘Something Old Out of Africa: Interstitial War as a Resurgent Global Phenomenon’, 10th Annual Urban and Landscape conference (Tallinn, Estonia, April 2013)
    "The Wars in the Walls: Sovereign Interstices and African Conflict, 1973-2010," International Studies Association (Montreal, March 2011).   
  • "'With Savage Pictures Fill Their Maps':Prospects and Perils in Conflict Studies' Rediscovery of Geography," International Studies Association Northeast (Baltimore, MD, November 2010).   
  • "Lines in the Sand and the Instrumentality of War," International Security Studies (Providence, RI, October 2010).   
  • "Other People’s Wars: The African Proxy War in Theory and Practice," International Studies Association (New Orleans, LA, February 2010).   
  • "Ultima Ratio Regum: Remix or Redux? State Security Policy and Proxy Wars in Self-Governing Africa," International Security Studies (Monterey, CA, October 2009).   
  • "Sponsored Wars in Africa," International Studies Association (New York, NY, February 2009).   
  • "Heterodyadicity and System Data in Modern Conflict," International Studies Association (San Francisco, CA, March 2008)   
  • "The Geopolitics of State Failure," Midwest Political Science Association (Chicago, IL, April 2007).

Selected Publications

  • 'Intermediarized Security Governance and the “Sultan’s Retort”, Journal of the Middle East and Africa, vol. 5:2 (August 2014) 
  • 'The Future of War: Rethinking Targeted Killings’ in N. Boubeka (ed.) Global Security: Flexibility, Issues, and the Thin Lines on the War Against Terrorism. Proceedings of Ambivium Institute Annual Conference, Washington DC, September 2011 (Ambivium Press, 2012)
  • "Developing a Comparative Perspective on the Use of Non-States in War,"  The Journal of African Security 4:3 (2011)). 
  • "Ultima Ratio Regum, Remix or Redux? State Security Policy and Proxy Wars in Self-Governing Africa,’’ Strategic Insights, vol. 9:1 (Spring/Summer 2010).   
  • ‘‘'Total Justification’: Ideological Manipulation and South Africa's Border War," in Gary Baines and Peter Vale (eds.), Beyond the Border War. New Perspectives on Southern Africa’s Late-Cold War Conflicts (UNISA Press, 2008).   
  • "Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy. By Mosés Naím" (review) African Security Review: African Perspectives on the International Terrorism Discourse, vol. 15:3 (2006).   
  • "Piracy’s Recurring Challenge to International Relations Theory and Practice," Swords & Ploughshares, vol. 15:2 (Spring 2006).   
  • (with Nomalanga Mkhize) "Vocal Killers, Silent Killers: Popular Media, Genocide, and the call for Benevolent Censorship in Rwanda," in Michael Drewett and Martin Cloonan (eds.), Popular Music Censorship in Africa (Ashgate, 2006).   
  • "Screening the Border War, 1971-88," Kleio, vol. 36 (2004), pp. 28-46.   
  • "'The Boer War: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography.' By Fred R. Van Hartesveldt." (review) The Journal of African History vol. 43:2 (2002), pp. 313-376.