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Knox Chitiyo

Knox Chitiyo

Africa Fellow, Chatham House, Zimbabwe/UK

Associate of The Brenthurst Foundation


Dr Knox Chitiyo is currently the Africa Fellow with the Royal Institute for International Affairs at Chatham House. Prior to joining Chatham House in 2012, Knox was the Africa Fellow and Head of the Africa Programme at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, from 2007 to 2011. Before coming to the UK in 2005, Knox, a Zimbabwean, was Senior Lecturer in War Studies and History at the University of Zimbabwe from 1992- 2003. During this time, he also co-founded the Centre for Defence Studies (CDS) at the University of Zimbabwe and was the Deputy Director of the CDS from 1995-2003. Knox has also taught on the Joint Command and Staff Course (JCSC) at the Staff College in Zimbabwe and at the Gweru Military Academy.

Knox has published on Zimbabwean, Southern African and wider African defence and security issues in academic and popular media. He has also been a regular interviewee on African issues on Al Jazeera, BBC, Sky and other news channels. Knox's current portfolios include: Chairman of the Britain - Zimbabwe Society (BZS); Board Member (since July 2012) of the global NGO Mines Advisory Group (MAG). Knox is also on the SADC affiliated Southern Africa Defence and Security Network (SADSEM). Knox is also a board member of the African Diaspora Group, an advisory group to UK policy-makers. Knox won the 2010 BEN/Sky TV Diplomat Award for "Contribution to Diplomacy". In 2012, Knox has been on the Zimbabwe Olympics Committee as its UK representative; he also established and Chairs the Zimbabwe Diaspora Olympic Support Network (ZDOSN).

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