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Professor Josiah Lebakeng

Name Josiah Lebakeng
Highest qualification PhD (University of Limpopo, South Africa)
Position Professor
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Research interests/expertise Statecraft and intelligence; information in international relations; legislative oversight; higher education and
decolonisation; sociology of knowledge and indigenous knowledge systems.
Teaching Security and Intelligence Studies
Current projects Co-editing a collection of essays, Journeys in the Humanities and Social Sciences in South African universities: Post-doctoral reflections. Completing three articles for submission.

Short biography

Josiah Lebakeng is a Professor at Unisa's TM-School. Recently, he was a research associate at the University of Limpopo, where he had previously lectured for several years. He also worked at the former Vista University in Soweto (now UJ) and more recently at UP, teaching Strategic Intelligence and Forecasting. Apart from his academic experiences, he is a former Manager Strategic Research and Analysis and Manager of Production at the State Security Agency (SSA). From February 2007 to December 2008, and 2011–2014, he was seconded as Political Counsellor at the South African Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, as part of South
Africa's delegation to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). In 2017–2018, he was Head of Intelligence for the South African Development Community (SADC) Preventative Mission in Lesotho (Sapmil).

Lebakeng obtained a Master's degree from the University of Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania), an MSc from Springfield College (USA), and a BA from the American University (Cairo, Egypt). In terms of non-academic training, he underwent military and intelligence training in the People's Republic of China in 1977, and was trained in intelligence by Kroll and the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR).

Selected publications