Tinashe Jakwa is a PhD Candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of International Relations (with Distinction) from the same institution. Recently, she was a Visiting Scholar (January-June 2019) with the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Institute and Department of Political Sciences. Her research examines the causes of peacebuilding policy failures in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with a focus on deconstructing state theory. She is a political and security risk analyst who has written extensively on geopolitical developments on the African continent.
She has appeared on various TV and radio platforms, including the ABC News, Channel 10’s The Project, CNN, Radio National Australia, Triple R FM’s The Grapevine, and 2SER, providing commentary on African political developments. Tinashe is also a published author of short stories. Her writing has appeared in anthologies published by Margaret River Press and Ethos Books Singapore. She has spoken at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. A writer of both creative non-fiction and fiction, Tinashe can be found straddling the fine line between the imagined and the actual.