Antonio Garcia

Visiting Scholar

Antonio Garcia is currently a Program Manager at AFS-USA, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, certified Chartered Geographer (RGS-IBG), Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute) and visiting scholar at New York University, Centre on International Cooperation.

His research interests include military history, military geography and international peace and security.  He has served in the South African National Defence Force as an officer and senior officer for 16 years. During his service he has been deployed in two peacekeeping missions, in the DRC (MONUSCO) and Darfur (UNAMID), serving as a brigade military engineer staff officer and regimental combat engineer troop commander respectively.

He has held various command and staff positions at field and HQ levels including internal and regional missions. His experience comprises diverse roles including squadron and troop command, force preparation and combat mission readiness, brigade level operations planning, terrain intelligence and landward based operations.  Antonio has also worked at the intersection of training; research and development; and doctrine and policy. As a visiting lecturer he has taught at various military colleges and schools, Durham University (UK) and NYU. He also holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of South Africa and is a PhD candidate at Stellenbosch University.  


Antonio is contracted to publish his first book in 2019, ‘The First Campaign Victory of the Great War: South Africa, Manoeuvre Warfare and the First World War German South West Africa Campaign, 1914-1915’.

‘Airpower in the Union of South Africa's First World War campaign in German South West Africa’, Historia, 62/2, November 2017.

‘A manoeuvre warfare analysis of South Africa’s 1914-1915 German South West African campaign’, Scientia Militaria, 45/1, June 2017.

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