Ambassador Dr. Iqbal Jhazbhay

Ambassador Dr. Iqbal Jhazbhay

Ambassador Dr. Iqbal Jhazbhay

Guest Country - South Africa

Dr. Iqbal Jhazbhay, South Africa’s current Ambassador to the State of Eritrea, formerly Professor at the University of South Africa and the previous Director of the Unisa Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies. Dr. Jhazbhay research interests include Islam in Somaliland and Somalia, South African Islam, Sufism, Political Islam, South African foreign policy towards North Africa and the Middle East, international relations and Islam. He has authored the book, ”Somaliland: An African struggle for nationhood and international recognition”, some twenty-two academic articles and chapters on Islamic thought, Somaliland and South African foreign policy. For the purpose of this discussion, Dr. Jhazbhay will be focusing on Somaliland and the International context, with a specific emphasis on the makings of good leaders, ambassadors and political activists to advance Somaliland cause more strategically.

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