Martin's Twitter Feed

  • RT  @AfricaACSS : 4 years of widespread violence have left 6 million people in South Sudan—half the population—acutely food insecure. https:/… 18 minutes ago
  • Why should Africans accept being silenced by their governments? https://t.co/3BN0pIVFLg 27 minutes ago
  • Uganda pays an extraordinary price for South Sudan's civil war https://t.co/RhwpZrlCGL 38 minutes ago
  • RT  @raidukorg : #DRC state miner, Gecamines, finds a number of partnerships are not in its best interest. Really? Anyone surprised? https://… 1 hour ago
  • RT  @englishpen : Read '#Eritrea: a muzzled state', a special report by writer-in-residence Eyob Teklay Ghilazghy https://t.co/Vh4bnmO5P4 htt… 3 hours ago

Martin Plaut

Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

BIOGRAPHY

Born in South Africa in May 1950, Martin Plaut received his first degree in Social Science from the University of Cape Town (1975) and an Honours degree in Industrial Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand (1977) before going on to do an MA at the University of Warwick (1978).

He joined the British Labour Party as Secretary on Africa and the Middle East in 1979. In 1984 he went to the BBC, working primarily on Africa. He has reported from many parts of the continent but specialised in the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa. This involved travelling twice to Eritrea during its long war of independence, as well as reporting from South Africa during some of the clashes that led to the end of apartheid. During his time with the BBC he carried out investigative programmes on a range of issues, from the arms trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the diversion of aid during the Ethiopian famine of 1984-85. In 2011 he reported from the far North of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army and covered Sudan’s many crises on several occasions.

He became Africa editor, BBC World Service News in 2003 and retired from the BBC in October 2013. He then joined the Institute of Commonwealth Studies as Senior Research Fellow.

Martin Plaut has advised the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the US State Department.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Who Rules South Africa, Biteback Publications, 2012. https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/who-rules-south-africa
  • Unfinished Business: Ethiopia and Eritrea at war Red Sea Press, 2005, (editor, with Dominique Jacquin-Berdal), http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unfinished-Business-Ethiopia-Eritrea-War/dp/1569022178
  • New Light on Gandhi’s Decisive South African Confrontation, South African Historical Journal, Volume 66, Issue 1, January 2014, pages 22-54, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02582473.2013.862565#.VR1laUbcRcQ
  • South Africa: How the ANC wins elections, Review of African Political Economy, Volume 41, Issue 142, October 2014, pages 634-644, http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/crea20/41/142#.VR1l6EbcRcQ

Tuesday's Twitter Feed

  • RT  @AfricaACSS : 4 years of widespread violence have left 6 million people in South Sudan—half the population—acutely food insecure. https:/… 18 minutes ago
  • Why should Africans accept being silenced by their governments? https://t.co/3BN0pIVFLg 27 minutes ago
  • Uganda pays an extraordinary price for South Sudan's civil war https://t.co/RhwpZrlCGL 38 minutes ago
  • RT  @raidukorg : #DRC state miner, Gecamines, finds a number of partnerships are not in its best interest. Really? Anyone surprised? https://… 1 hour ago
  • RT  @englishpen : Read '#Eritrea: a muzzled state', a special report by writer-in-residence Eyob Teklay Ghilazghy https://t.co/Vh4bnmO5P4 htt… 3 hours ago

Tuesday Reitano

Secretariat, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

BIOGRAPHY

Tuesday Reitano has been working to bring the Global Initiative to fruition since 2012.

She also works as the Associate Director  in a dynamic global consulting company, STATT, working on issues of governance, security sector reform and aid effectiveness for fragile and transition states.  She has a specialized focus in organized crime, and engaging both at the national and community level in seeking improved responses to mitigate the impact on human security and the rule of law.  She provides both substantive expertise and programme management on a range of projects, including, among others, leading an assessment of the EU’s approach to countering terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel; a study of the impact of organised crime on governance in West Africa, funded by the National Endowment for Democracy;  the design of funding instruments to support the development transition for Somaliland, and research with refugee communities from Syria in Lebanon.

Tuesday has twelve years of experience as a policy specialist in the UN System, including with the UN Development Programme, the UN Development Group and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, where she was the principal drafter of UNODC’s Thematic Programme on TOC.  She is a Senior Research Associate at the Pretoria based Institute for Security Studies.

She has an MBA from McGill University, a Masters in Public Administration from New York University, and is currently finishing an advanced research degree with the University of Leicester’s Department for Criminology in the UK.  Tuesday is currently based in Beirut.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS