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Terence McNamee

Global Fellow


May 5, 2018 — December 30, 2023

Professional affiliation


Wilson Center Projects

Peacekeeping in Africa

Full Biography

Terence McNamee is a specialist in development, governance and security issues. After completing his PhD at the London School of Economics, he worked for 8 years at the Royal United Services Institute in London. Then as Deputy Director of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation until the end of 2017. In 2006 he was a visiting expert to the Prism Group, ISAF IX based in Kabul, Afghanistan. From 2008 to 2009, he was a Delegate on the Government of Denmark's Africa Commission. He is published in Foreign Policy, The New York Times and The Financial Times. As well as, Editor or co-Editor of numerous monographs and books. In 2013 he served as an advisor in Malawi to then President Joyce Banda. He was Head of Mission for an international election observation mission for Lesotho's national elections in 2017. McNamee is also writer and historian of the acclaimed photographic history of the twentieth century, CENTURY (Phaidon Press, 1999, edited by Bruce Bernard).

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Major Publications

Century: One Hundred Years of Human Progress, Regression, Suffering and Hope, 1899-1999 (Phaidon Press, 1999, conceived and edited by Bruce Bernard, words by Terence McNamee)

On the Fault Line: Managing Tensions and Divisions within Societies (Profile Books, 2012, co-edited with Greg Mills and Jeffrey Herbst)

Africans Investing in Africa: Understanding Business and Trade, Sector by Sector (Palgrave, 2015), co-Edited with Wiebe Boer and Mark Pearson)