Dr. Juste Codjo is a Defense Strategist and a Scholar of International Security. He holds a Ph.D. in Security Studies with a concentration in International Relations from Kansas State University. He also has an M.A in International Relations from Webster University and a B.A. in Legal and Political Studies from the Université d’Abomey-Calavi (Benin). He previously taught Security Studies and Political Science at Kansas State University for the past two years.
Prior to joining academia, Dr. Codjo served as an army officer in the Benin Armed Forces for nearly 20 years. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, from which he earned a certificate in Strategic Studies in 2012. He is also a graduate of several German military schools, including the Offizierschule des Heeres in Dresden (2001) and the Logistikschule der Bundeswehr in Garlstedt (2000 and 2007). While on active duty, he taught military subjects at the Benin Officer Academy for three years, and also participated in a U.N. peacekeeping operation that restored peace in Liberia in 2004.
Dr. Codjo’s teaching and research interests revolve around international relations and security, including U.S. national security, political violence, major powers’ security cooperation policy, and political institutions and security in the developing world. His recent book, Consencratie: Un modèle de démocratie consensuelle adapté aux réalités du Bénin (2016, IFA Strategy), proposes a consensus-based model of democracy aimed at improving stability and governance in Benin and Africa. Some of his research is currently under review at major peer-reviewed journals. He also has a forthcoming book review article with the International Studies Review.