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Richard Meissner

Richard Meissner

Associate Professor, University of South Africa
Richard Meissner is an Associate Professor in International Politics at the University of South Africa (UNISA) teaching foreign policy analysis and peace, safety and security focusing on various topics such as civil and international conflict, democracy, ideology, party politics, environmental politics and a range of other issues related to International Relations and Political Science. His graduate studies were in both Political Studies and Philosophy at the universities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. He specialises in the analysis of international politics, political issues, and water governance related to but not limited to the complexities and interactions between and among non-state actors, international organisations, local governments, and other state organs. Prior to joining UNISA, he worked as a Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) researching water governance and politics.

He has published widely on these and other subjects with numerous publications to his name. These include peer-reviewed journal articles, books, book chapters, popular articles, technical reports as well as co-authored articles and book chapters. He has also presented papers at numerous local and international conferences, seminars, and workshops.

He holds a DPhil in International Politics from the University of Pretoria.

Ideology matters in unravelling Russia's invasion of Ukraine

May 23, 2022 13:54 pm UTC| Insights & Views

In explaining the war on Ukraine, ideology matters as much as interests. This means that we need to factor ideology into our analysis if we want to gain a deeper understanding of interstate violent conflict. If we focus...

Green policies are in place for South Africa's major port city: but a key piece is missing

Apr 23, 2022 08:09 am UTC| Politics

The floods of April 2022 in the South African city of Durban (eThekwini municipality) placed the spotlight on the management of urban areas and their vulnerability to natural disasters. That homes had been built close to...

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