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Matthew LeRiche

Visiting Assistant ProfessorMatthew LeRiche
Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 Canada
Email: mleriche[at]mun[dot]ca (or search here)
Twitter:  @lerichematt

BA honours (MUN), Masters of Research (King’s College, University of London), PhD (Dept. War Studies, King’s College London).

Areas for Student Research Supervision
Security and Development
Humanitarianism and War
The Politics of Aid and Emergency Relief
African Politics South Sudan history and politics
International Intervention in Africa
Security Sector Reform

Examples of Recent Courses Taught
Managing Humanitarianism
Contemporary African Politics
Sudan/South Sudan Politics
Warfare in Africa
Security and Development
Human Rights in International Politics
Human Security
Democracy and Democratization


Currently Dr. LeRiche is working on a project titled Casualties of Peace, looking at groups and individuals that have experienced negative consequences due to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan and South Sudan. He is also working on a project that charts the emergence and importance of the ideas of security and development in world politics. He also follows events in South Sudan and East Africa closely writing for various publications.

Dr. Matthew LeRiche is a researcher, academic, political adviser and filmmaker. Before joining the Political Science Department at MUN he was a Fellow in Managing Humanitarianism at the International Development Department of the London School of Economics. He has been an adviser on defence education in South Sudan supporting wider security sector reform efforts.

In 2012 he published the first book explaining how South Sudan ended up becoming an independent state with co-author Matt Arnold. South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence, was published by Hurst and Co., and Oxford University Press. He has also written about the approach of integrating armed groups after peace agreements and other aspects of post-conflict security sector reform as a part of peacebuilding.

Dr. LeRiche has also produced and written several documentary films about Sudan and South Sudan. South Sudan: The World’s Youngest Nation, produced with Director Viktor Pesenti, aired in 2011. As an analyst of Sudan, South Sudan and East African political and security issues he contributes to various publications including the Huffington Post and Global Brief. He frequently comments on camera regarding African Politics and security issues.

Dr. LeRiche is also an experienced political risk analyst. He has worked for insurance companies and risk management firms largely based in the City in London, UK. His focus has been primarily on East and Central Africa but he also has a focus and interest in Central Asia. Along with focusing on development, humanitarianism and civil war Dr. LeRiche also engages in emergency planning work, most recently concluding the emergency plan for the Port of St. John’s.

Select Publications
South Sudan: from Revolution to Independence, Hurst and Co. Publishers, London, UK and Columbia University Press, New York, USA. 2012 (currently in print by Oxford University Press)

‘Military Integrations After Peace Agreements: The Case of Sudan 1972 and 2005’ in Roy Licklider, Ed., Military Integrations After Peace Agreements (Forthcoming, Georgetown University Press)

With Richard B. Rands, ‘Security Responses in Jonglei State in the Aftermath of Inter-Ethnic Violence’ Saferworld, London, UK, February, 2012.

With Matt Arnold, ‘Neither Joint Nor Integrated: the Joint Integrated Units and the Future of the CPA’ Small Arms Survey, Geneva, Issue Brief 10, March 2008.

‘The Unintended Alliance: The Co-option of Humanitarian Aid in Conflicts’ in Parameters Spring 2004.


Producer, writer, presenter, “Terror in Blue Nile” The Enough Project: The Centre for American Progress. May 2013.

Executive producer, writer, producer “Blue Denial,” EpicDemic Productions, May 2013.

Interviewer, writer, producer, “Literacy for Peace: the struggle for literacy in South Sudan” UNESCO, an EpicDemic Production. May 2012.

Writer, “Africa’s Youngest Nation: Youth and the Future of South Sudan”, EpicDemic Productions, April 2012. Selected for the Africa World Film Festival 2012.