Laurie Nathan

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Laurie Nathan "is a visiting fellow at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics. He has served on the Carter Centre’s International Council for Conflict Resolution, the African Union’s mediation team for Darfur and the Ministerial Review Commission on Intelligence in South Africa." [1]

"Laurie Nathan (B.Bus.Sci/LLB, Cape Town; M.Phil, Bradford) is a research fellow with the Crisis States Research Centre at the London School of Economics and with the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town. Between 1992 and 2003 he was Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution at UCT.

"From 1994 to 2001 Laurie was a policy adviser to the Minister of Defence, the Deputy Minister of Defence and the chairperson of the parliamentary defence committee. He drafted the White Paper on Defence (1996), the Code of Conduct for the South African National Defence Force (1999), and the defence foreign policy of the Department of Defence (1999). He was a member of the drafting committees responsible for the Defence Review (1998), the Military Discipline Supplementary Measures Act (1999), the White Paper on the South African Defence Related Industries (1999), the Defence Act (2002) and the Armaments Corporation of South Africa, Limited Act (2003).

"Between 1995 and 2002 he served on the Civic Education Monitoring and Advisory Committee of the Department of Defence. In 2006 he was appointed to serve on the Technical Committee and the Steering Committee of the Civic Education Programme for the civilian intelligence services in South Africa.

"In 1994 Laurie was appointed by President Mandela to serve on the Cameron Commission of Inquiry into Arms Trade. In 2001 he was commissioned by the parliamentary defence committee to redraft the National Conventional Arms Control Bill, and commissioned by the Department of Defence to redraft the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines Bill.

"In 1999-2000 Laurie was an adviser to the Foreign Minister of Swaziland in his capacity as the Chair of the Inter-State Defence and Security Committee in Southern Africa. Laurie was the principal drafter of the SADC Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation (2001).

"He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the South African Journal of International Affairs; the Editorial Committee of Strategic Review for Southern Africa; the Executive Committee of the Home for All Campaign; the review team of the Countries at Risk of Instability Project of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, United Kingdom; the Board of Directors of Conciliation Resources; the Carter Centre’s International Council for Conflict Resolution; the Advisory Committee of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch; the Expert Advisory Group of the UNDP Democratic Governance Practice Network; and the Critical Review Panel of the Implementation Framework for Security System Reform, OECD Development Assistance Committee (forthcoming).

"In 2005 Laurie was an adviser to the Palestinian security services and the Ward Mission on the preparation of a Palestinian White Paper on Safety and Security. In the first quarter of 2006 he was a member of the African Union’s mediation team for the Darfur conflict;" [2]


He is co-editor with Jacky Cock of War and Society: The Militarisation of South Africa, 1989. He is the author, most recently, of No Ownership, No Commitment: A Guide to Local Ownership of Security Sector Reform, University of Birmingham, 2007.

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  1. Laurie Nathan, Oxford Research Group, accessed April 6, 2010.
  2. Laurie Nathan, accessed April 6, 2010.
  3. Governing Board, BEFORE, accessed April 7, 2010.
  4. Module Leaders, Centre for Security Sector Management, accessed April 8, 2010.