Mathurin Houngnikpo

Adjunct Professor of Practice

Dr. Mathurin HoungnikpoDr. Matt Houngnikpo is an adjunct professor of practice at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, as well as the strategic planning advisor to the Strategic Governance Initiative in Mali. His work focuses on democratic security sector governance and reform, the design and development of national security strategies, and democratic governance.

Until July 2013, Dr. Houngnikpo was the academic chair of civil-military relations at the Africa Center, overseeing curriculum and program development in the area of civil-military relations, focusing on Africa’s military history, democratic civil control of the security sector, and issues of accountability, transparency, and good governance. Dr. Houngnikpo also assisted the government of Côte d’Ivoire in implementing security sector reforms, and he has held various teaching positions in both the United States and Benin.

Dr. Houngnikpo holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Paris VIII in Saint-Denis, France, and a Ph.D. in international studies from the University of Denver.

Areas of Expertise

Security Sector Governance (Reform and Transformation); Design and Development of  National Security Strategy/Policy; Democratic Oversight of the Security Sector; Civil-Military Relations; Leadership and Ethics in Political Governance

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