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Elikem Tsamenyi

Elikem Tsamenyi


Originally from Ghana, West Africa, I completed my Political Studies undergraduate degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi and my Masters at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. My Master’s thesis explored and analyzed the proposition of whether and to what extent natural resource interests have been fundamental in causing, fueling or prolonging civil wars in Africa, focusing on the Liberian and Sierra Leonean civil wars. My research interests include regional organizations, African development issues, natural resource governance, African regional security, peace & conflict and sanctions. Currently working with Dr. Black, my PhD dissertation aims to examine the use of sanctions by African regional organizations as a means of addressing security and governance issues on the continent. Specifically, my objective is to explore the timing and sequencing of these regional sanctions, the compatibility of objectives pursued (especially with UN sanctions and also with other regional bodies’ sanctions), and the nature of these sanctions in order to bring out the underlying distinctively unique ideas, norms, beliefs and understandings of governance, security and regional society on the African continent.