Director of LECIAD

Professor Kwame Boafo-Arthur is the current Director of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) at the University of Ghana, Legon.

His areas of specialization include Africa’s International Economic Relations, Political Economy of Africa’s Development, International Politics and Foreign Policy Analysis. Boafo-Arthur has consulted for major organizations such as the UNESCO, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, International Foundation for Electoral System, International Centre on Transitional Justice and Fredrich Ebert Foundation. He has published extensively in his field.

In late 2006, Prof. Boafo-Arthur was the holder of the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. Kwame Boafo-Arthur is the former Head of the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, Legon.

Boafo-Arthur’s educational background includes a BA (Hons) in Political Science in 1979 from the University of Ghana and an MA in Political Science from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 1983. In 1991, he obtained his PhD from the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana. He went in for a law degree from the Ghana School of Law and was called to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana in 1997.

Some of the academic awards and fellowships he has won include the following: Carleton University Scholarship, (1982-1983); University of California-University of Ghana Education Abroad Scholarship for PhD research, (1989-1990); CODESRIA Governance Institute Award (June – Sept 1994); Fulbright African Senior Research Scholar Award (1997-1998); Nordic Africa Institute Guest Researchers’ Fellowship (1999); The Netherlands Research Fellowship-African Studies Centre, Leiden (2001); Lawrence Dunbar Scholarship Award for the best article published on Africa in the Journal of Third World Studies in 2003. Boafo-Arthur has also carried out a couple of consultancies for the Frederich Ebert Foundation in Ghana, the Global Coalition for Africa Project, International Foundation for Electoral Systems, UNESCO, CODESRIA, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the Centre for Foreign Relations in New York, and the International Centre for Transitional Justice, New York.

A sampling of the books he has published are:

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