Who is Bjørn Willum?

Welcome to my website willum.com. I hope you enjoy reading my articles.

Since November 1, 2004, I have been employed as Paris correspondent of the Danish daily Berlingske Tidende, for whom I cover French politics (including French EU politics), business and cultural affairs as well as, to a certain extent, Africa, in particular francophone Africa.

Before that, I worked for the Danish daily Information from September 2003 to July 2004. First during a roundtrip in Central and East Africa. Then as Brussels correspondent where I primarily covered EU and NATO affairs, but also occasionally development issues and Africa.

For many years, I have been working as a freelance journalist writing mainly about the political and military developments in the area of Africa called the Great Lakes region, particularly Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have studied this region - and in particular the role of the international community in the various conflicts - since 1996.

However - as you may have noticed by looking at the frame to the left - I also have a special interest in certain technological issues, such as imaging satellites.

I hold a Master's degree in political science from the Institute of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. My BA dissertation concerned the role of then head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Kofi Annan, and then UN Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, in covering up plans for the Rwanda Genocide in early 1994.

 An abridged version of this dissertation was published in the autumn 1999 issue of the International Peacekeeping journal entitled "Legitimizing Inaction towards Genocide in Rwanda - a matter of misperception?"

I also hold a Master's degree in War Studies from Kings College London, where I studied strategy, guerilla warfare, intelligence information warfare and the proliferation of weapons to name but a few subjects.

I earned my degree in Political Science in October 2001. The subject of my dissertation is how - if at all - international development assistance to Rwanda aids the Rwandan war effort in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The dissertation is written in English and is posted at this website.

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