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David Hornsby / @DavidJHornsby

Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Assistant Dean of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

David J Hornsby is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His research interests pertain to a number of different themes in the International Political Economy including trade conflict emergence, Canadian foreign policy in Africa, and large class pedagogy. Originally from Elora ON, David has worked at all levels of Canadian governance, including for a federal cabinet minister, prior to relocating to South Africa. He has published in both the social and biological sciences, and completed his PhD in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2010.

Most Recent Posts

Remembering Mandela

Remembering Mandela

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July 18, 2014

On International Nelson Mandela Day, David Hornsby considers his legacy in South Africa and around the world.

A Tale of Two Regions

A Tale of Two Regions

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May 16, 2014

How has Boko Haram been able to sustain its war against the Nigerian government? It has a lot to do with the country’s fundamental divide between North and South, says David Hornsby.

Pesky Neighbours

Pesky Neighbours

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February 11, 2014

David Hornsby on how regional powers are reinforcing rather than helping resolve tensions in South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

Foot Dragging and the CAR

Foot Dragging and the CAR

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January 9, 2014

The conflict in the Central Africa Republic has been festering since July. So why have international organizations been so slow to act asks David Hornsby.

Hornsby: What impact has Nelson Mandela had on your life?

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December 6, 2013

Mandela’s release from prison is one of my first political memories. I was 10 and remember exactly where I was as he walked out of prison. I knew this was an important event and an important person. I have followed him ever since and always been inspired by his commitment to reconciliation, justice, and love. […]

Ready to Fight for Africa’s Future

Ready to Fight for Africa’s Future

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June 5, 2013

The African Union’s decision to create a Rapid Reaction Force to deal with conflicts on the continent signals a commitment to finding African solutions to African problems.

Vice-Regal Diplomacy

Vice-Regal Diplomacy

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May 17, 2013

If Canada wants stronger relations with Africa, our Diplomat-in-Chief needs more help from the government. By David Hornsby.