Dr. Daniel Eizenga is a Research Fellow responsible for conducting policy-relevant research advancing understanding of pressing security challenges facing Africa. Dr. Eizenga’s research primarily focuses on countering violent extremism in the Sahel and the intersecting roles of civil-military relations, traditional institutions, and civil society across various regime trajectories of African states. He has published his work in a variety of academic and policy outlets and regularly offers expert interviews to the media.
Prior to joining the Africa Center, Dr. Eizenga was a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre FrancoPaix at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a research associate with the Sahel Research Group based at the University of Florida. He has presented his research to and collaborated with several academic and government institutions in both the United States and Canada, including the Canadian Forces College, the Joint Special Operations University, Special Operations Command Africa, the Royal Military College in St. Jean, Québec, the George C. Marshall Center, the United States Institute of Peace, and Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio in Monterey. He also contributes regularly to academic conferences.
Dr. Eizenga holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in political science with specializations in African studies from the University of Florida, as well as a B.A. in international development studies with a minor in African studies from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Areas of Expertise
Civil-Military Relations, Countering Violent Extremism, Democratization, Sahel
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, March 2021
Africa Security Brief
Africa Center for Strategic Studies, December 1, 2020
The Hill, September 18, 2020
AllAfrica.com, August 31, 2020
“Authoritarian Resilience in the Face of Democratic Pressures” in Oxford Handbook of the African Sahel. Leonardo A. Villalón, ed.
“The Undoing of a Semi-Authoritarian Regime: The Term Limit Debate and the Fall of Blaise Compaoré in Burkina Faso” in The Politics of Presidential Term Limits in Africa: Power Struggles and Implications. Jack Mangala. ed.
“Grappling with Sahelian Insecurity” in West Africa Insight, Vol. 6 No. 5
Open Society Initiative for West Africa, 2019
OECD Publishing, 2019
“Burkina Faso” in Africa Yearbook, Volume 15. John Abbink, Victor Adetula, Andreas Mehler, and Henning Melber, eds.
Africa Is Not a Country, October 23, 2019
Italian Center for International Political Studies, September 9, 2019
Grand Dossiers de Diplomatie, April 2019
Bulletin FrancoPaix, March 2019
RESOLVE Network Research Briefs, March 2019
“Burkina Faso” in Africa Yearbook, Volume 14. John Abbink, Victor Adetula, Andreas Mehler, and Henning Melber, eds.
West African Papers, January 2018
“Burkina Faso” in Africa Yearbook, Volume 13. John Abbink, Sebastian Elischer, Andreas Mehler, and Henning Melber, eds.
Bulletin FrancoPaix, September 2017
Africa Research Institute, January 2017
“Burkina Faso” in Africa Yearbook, Volume 12. John Abbink, Sebastian Elischer, Andreas Mehler, and Henning Melber, eds.
Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, January 21, 2016
“Political Uncertainty in Burkina Faso” in Ruling on the Margins: Democratic Performance in Small African Countries. Claire Metelits and Stephanie Matti, eds.
“Burkina Faso” in Africa Yearbook, Volume 11. Sebastian Elischer, Rolf Hofmeier, Andreas Mehler, and Henning Melber, eds.
Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, December 6, 2015
APSA Africa Workshops Newsletter, November 2015
Washington Post’s Monkey Cage. October 15, 2015
Africa Is a Country, September 25, 2015
Africa Is a Country, September 20, 2015
The Partisan—UF Political Science, Summer 2014
Multi-Ethnic Coalitions in Africa: Business Financing of Opposition Election Campaigns, by Leonardo R. Arriola
African Studies Review, April 2014
Sahel Research Group, December 2013
Sahel Research Group, December 2013
Historical Dictionary of Niger, Fourth Edition, by Abdourahmane Idrissa and Samuel Decalo.
African Studies Quarterly, November 2013
Africa News Tonight, April 20, 2021
Voice of America, May 4, 2020
World Politics Review, September 13, 2018
World Politics Review, February 22, 2018
World Politics Review, May 18, 2017
World Politics Review, April 27, 2017
RFI, November 28, 2015
Al Jazeera, November 28, 2015
Institute of Current World Affairs, November 1, 2015
World Politics Review, October 20, 2015
VOA, October 2, 2015
RFI, September 26, 2015