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Dylan Craig

Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

Dylan Craig is an instructor of International Relations in the School of International Studies. His most recent work is on ‘proxy wars’: the invisible interstate wars which underpin many of today’s intractable civil conflicts. Before joining the SIS community in 2004, he taught colonial and Cold War history at Rhodes University in South Africa.


PhD (International Relations), American University; MA (Historical Studies), University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa; Postgraduate Diploma in Organization and Management, UCT; BA (Psychology), UCT

Book Currently Reading
Jerusalem: The Biography, by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
SIS-School of Intl Service
East Quad Bldg - 201b
Contact Info
(202) 885-6193 (Office)
(202) 885-2494 (Fax)

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • SIS William S. Olsen Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2011   
  • ISA Security Studies Paper Award, 2010   
  • SIS Dissertation Fellowship, 2010

Professional Presentations

  • "The Wars in the Walls: Sovereign Interstices and African Conflict, 1973-2010," International Studies Association (Montreal, March 2011).   
  • "'With Savage Pictures Fill Their Maps':Prospects and Perils in Conflict Studies' Rediscovery of Geography," International Studies Association Northeast (Baltimore, MD, November 2010).   
  • "Lines in the Sand and the Instrumentality of War," International Security Studies (Providence, RI, October 2010).   
  • "Other People’s Wars: The African Proxy War in Theory and Practice," International Studies Association (New Orleans, LA, February 2010).   
  • "Ultima Ratio Regum: Remix or Redux? State Security Policy and Proxy Wars in Self-Governing Africa," International Security Studies (Monterey, CA, October 2009).   
  • "Sponsored Wars in Africa," International Studies Association (New York, NY, February 2009).   
  • "Heterodyadicity and System Data in Modern Conflict," International Studies Association (San Francisco, CA, March 2008)   
  • "The Geopolitics of State Failure," Midwest Political Science Association (Chicago, IL, April 2007).

Selected Publications

  • "Developing a Comparative Perspective on the Use of Non-States in War," The Journal of African Security (Forthcoming).  
  • "Ultima Ratio Regum, Remix or Redux? State Security Policy and Proxy Wars in Self-Governing Africa,’’ Strategic Insights, vol. 9:1 (Spring/Summer 2010).   
  • ‘‘'Total Justification’: Ideological Manipulation and South Africa's Border War," in Gary Baines and Peter Vale (eds.), Beyond the Border War. New Perspectives on Southern Africa’s Late-Cold War Conflicts (UNISA Press, 2008).   
  • "Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy. By Mosés Naím" (review) African Security Review: African Perspectives on the International Terrorism Discourse, vol. 15:3 (2006).   
  • "Piracy’s Recurring Challenge to International Relations Theory and Practice," Swords & Ploughshares, vol. 15:2 (Spring 2006).   
  • (with Nomalanga Mkhize) "Vocal Killers, Silent Killers: Popular Media, Genocide, and the call for Benevolent Censorship in Rwanda," in Michael Drewett and Martin Cloonan (eds.), Popular Music Censorship in Africa (Ashgate, 2006).   
  • "Screening the Border War, 1971-88," Kleio, vol. 36 (2004), pp. 28-46.   
  • "'The Boer War: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography.' By Fred R. Van Hartesveldt." (review) The Journal of African History vol. 43:2 (2002), pp. 313-376.