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Gwinyayi Dzinesa

Senior Lecturer
Rhodes University
Nationality: Zimbabwe
Country: South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)46 603 7044

Dr Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa is a senior lecturer at Rhodes University, with research and teaching interests in comparative government; African peace and security; Democracy, Governance and Peacebuilding; International Relations and International and Regional Organizations. He graduated with a DPhil from the University of the Witwatersrand. Prior to joining Rhodes, Gwinyayi served as: a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa; Senior Researcher at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town; Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the Wits University; Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Africa’s International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand; Visiting Scholar at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo and as a Research and Publications Officer at the Centre for Defence Studies at the University of Zimbabwe. He is co-editor of Region Building in Southern Africa: Progress, Problems and Prospects, (Zed Books, Wits University Press, 2012) and Peacebuilding, Power and Politics in Africa, (Ohio University Press, Wits University Press, 2012) and has researched and published widely on peace, security and development issues in Africa.


  • Ph.D (University of the Witwatersrand)

Library Articles

Renamo’s War Talk and Mozambique’s Peace Prospects

"Growing political tensions in Mozambique intensified in October 2013 when Mozambican government forces attacked the base of the Mozambican National Resistance Movement’s (Renamo) long-time leader Afonso Dhlakama. In reaction Renamo declared an end to the General Peace Agreement (GPA) which it had concluded with the Liberation Front of Mozambique (Frelimo) on October 4th 1992. The...

Towards Delivering Credible Polls in Zimbabwe

Published: 2013
"The people of Zimbabwe are expected to cast their votes in general elections in 2013. Because of the likelihood of a troubled lead-up to these elections, Zimbabwe’s political parties, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the United Nations (UN) are considering a series of measures aimed at preventing the re-occurrence of the violence and intimidation seen in 2008. This...

Zimbabwe's Tortuous Road to a New Constitution and Elections

Published: 2012
"This situation report evaluates Zimbabwe’s constitutional reform process and the prospects of holding a credible referendum and elections in the context of the GPA. It does so in four parts: firstly, it examines the Copac constitution making process; secondly, it critically assesses SADC’s role in facilitating the implementation of the political and constitutional reform provisions of the...

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Reform Process: Challenges and Prospects

"This paper examines Zimbabwe’s constitutional-reform process. The first section traces the background to constitutional reform in Zimbabwe. A brief discussion of the Constitutional Commission’s draft of 1999/2000 is followed by a description of the development of a draft by the Constitutional Assembly (NCA) in 2001. Then the process leading to the so-called Kariba Draft of 2007 is outlined...

Swords into Ploughshares Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa

Published: 2006
"Defence integration in the Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been fraught with so many problems. This paper explores the processes in the peace agreement and transitional arrangements from 2003 and 2005. It seeks to put into perspective the challenges faced thus far and argues in favour of a long term approach to defence transformation as opposed to short term political considerations. It...