Greg Mills

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"Dr Greg Mills is the Director of the Brenthurst Foundation. He holds a BA Honours from the University of Cape Town, and an MA and a PhD from the University of Lancaster. From 1996-2005 he served as the National Director of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). He has lectured at universities and institutions in Africa and abroad, from the Pentagon to the Peruvian and Chilean Naval Staff Colleges, he is also on the visiting staff of the NATO Higher Defence College in Rome.

"He has published numerous articles and books including the following: The Wired Model: South African Foreign Policy and Globalisation (Tafelberg, 2000), which received the Recht Malan prize for the best South African non-fiction book that year; Poverty to Prosperity: Globalisation, Good Governance and African Recovery (Tafelberg, 2002); with Professor Jeffrey Herbst of Princeton University The Future of Africa: New Order in Sight? (Oxford University Press, 2003); The Security Intersection: The Paradox of Power in an Age of Terror (Wits University Press, 2005); From Africa to Afghanistan: With Richards and NATO to Kabul (Wits University Press, 2007) and Why Africa is Poor – And what Africans can do about it (Penguin, 2010). He has also edited/co-edited over twenty other books, including most recently Victory Among People (with General David Richards) His interest in military history led to the publication of a volume (with David Williams) on Seven Battles that Shaped South African History (Tafelberg, 2006), now in its third edition. He is also widely published in journals, newspapers and magazines including the International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Time, Sydney Morning Herald, Financial Times, Singapore Strait Times, De Welt, Washington Quarterly, Foreign Policy, Current History, Survival, and Politiken. In addition, Dr Mills serves on a number of international editorial boards. Dr Mills has also written several books on southern African motorsport.

"During 2006, based in Kabul, he served as the special adviser to the Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, General David Richards, and as the head of the strategic analysis 'Prism Group' in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF IX) headquarters, for which he received both NATO and UK campaign medals. He was briefly seconded to Afghanistan again on two occasions in 2010. During 2008 he was on secondment to the Government of Rwanda as Strategic Adviser to the President. In 2008/2009 he served as a Commissioner on the Danish Prime Minister's Africa Commission. In his role at the Brenthurst Foundation, he oversees a number of presidential advisory teams bringing together international expertise with African governments, along with writing and conducting field-work across the continent and organising regular policy dialogues."[1]

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  1. Greg Mills, Brenthurst Foundation, accessed December 15, 2011.
  2. Royal United Services Institute Council, organizational web page, accessed November 17, 2015.