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The Centre for International Political Studies (CIPS) is situated within the School for Social Sciences f the University of Pretoria (UP), and is unique in South Africa in that its
constitutive units represent a richly diverse spectrum of academic, practical, research and teaching expertise. The head, members and research fellows of the units actively
pursue and disseminate research aimed at capacity building by developing critical, informed human potential, skilled in dealing with the challenges arising from South Africa's
position on the African continent in an increasingly globalizing world.
While each autonomous unit follows its own particular agenda, the Centre provides space for lively and vigorous interaction between numerous disciplines. Unit heads meet
on an ongoing basis to exchange ideas and to plan joint ventures around common concerns. Thus, problems of a political nature (in the widest sense) profit for their
solution from a truly multi-disciplinary input. Moreover, the expertise of the various unit heads is readily available to the University and the wider community in the Gauteng area,
South Africa, the Southern African region and the world beyond.
- Research on political, social, cultural and related aspects in an international context, with an emphasis on politics.
- Academic liaison and the dissemination of research findings through public lectures, conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops and publications.
- The support of teaching in political, social, cultural and related aspects in the international context.
CIPS Director : Prof Hussein Solomon
Prof. Hussein Solomon holds a D.Litt et Phil (Political Science) from the University of South Africa . Currently he is Associate Professor in the Department of Political
Sciences, Director of the Centre for International Political Studies, and Head of the Unit for African Studies, Centre for International Political Studies, University of Pretoria .
His previous appointments include being Research Manager at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (1998-2000), Senior Researcher : Institute
for Security Studies (1996-1998) and Research Fellow : Centre for Southern African Studies, University of the Western Cape (1993-1995).
In addition, he is a Member of the Executive Committee and Southern African Regional Representative of the Centre for International Peace, Democracy and
Development ; a Member of the Pugwash Conferences on Science in World Affairs; Senior Associate of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes;
Member of the International Steering Committee of Global Action to Prevent War , Research Associate of the Centre for Defence Studies, University of Zimbabwe;
Resident Research Fellow of the Africa Institute of South Africa and a Research Associate of the South African Institute for International Affairs . He is also a
Member of the International Advisory Council of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research in Hawaii . Moreover, he is Editor-in-Chief of Conflict
Trends ; Associate Editor of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution ; Southern African Contributing Editor to CountryWatch. Com ; Contributing Editor to the
Journal for Contemporary History ; and a member of the Editorial Board of Africa Insight . He is also Research Associate of two commercial companies –
Inkwazi Consulting and Africa Strategic Alternatives and sits on the Board of Trustees of All Africa Women for Peace. Hussein Solomon also holds the rank of a
Captain in the Reserve Force of the South African Air Force.
His research interests include conflict and conflict resolution in Africa ; South African Foreign Policy; international relations theory; religious fundamentalism and population
movements within the developing world. His publications have appeared in South Africa; Nigeria; the United States; the United Kingdom; Switzerland; The Russian
Federation; The Netherlands; Norway; Denmark; India; Bangladesh; and Japan.
Hussein Solomon is married to Firoza Butler and they have three children - two girls and a boy.
CIPS Coordinator : Isabél Potgieter
Isabel Potgieter obtained her National Diploma in Public Relations from Pretoria Technikon in 1994. She spent the same year with the South African Communication
Service where she worked on projects to promote the new Constitution and voting process and assisted with the organization of the inauguration of former President
In 1996, she joined the Egyptian Media Office where she specialized in media liaison, press release, media monitoring, briefing documents on various issues for the
Egyptian government and visiting delegations and general liaison for the Egyptian government with target groups in South Africa . In addition, she has a background
in page layout, exhibitions and corporate communications.
She is married to Jacques and has one son.
THE CIPS INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
CIPS offers internships to graduates and post-graduates and others may be considered at the discretion of the Director. Interns work under the supervision and guidance
of a Unit Head, performing a variety of duties ranging from conducting research to producing documents for publication. Internships are usually three to six months in duration
depending on the assignment and the availability of resources.
The goal of the internship programme is to provide interns with an opportunity to learn from the various areas of expertise offered by CIPS's staff, as well as CIPS's projects.
These projects are subject to change based on the work programme of each unit and are designed to challenge and take advantage of the capabilities that the intern brings to
the organisation. All internship placements are based on the expertise and personal interests of the intern, as revealed in and derived from resumes, with a view to the mutual
benefit of both CIPS and the intern.
BENEFITS TO INTERNS
Interns derive many benefits from their work at CIPS:
- Interns at CIPS enjoy flexibility. Work at CIPS affords interns the opportunity to undertake programmes or research topics related to their interests and expertise.
- CIPS provides interns with a workstation and access to a shared computer for the duration of their internship.
- Interns have access to The University of Pretoria's library.
- CIPS will aid in the furtherance of the intern's personal study through the provision of contacts and/or networks where such aid is possible.
- CIPS encourages and appreciates the contributions of interns' initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness at all stages of program design and development.
- CIPS will provide the intern with a report or letter of reference upon the successful completion of the internship.
Please contact the Centre coordinator
The following will be required – Resume and copy of recent essay