Ian Liebenberg is an associate professor in the Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University. He holds degrees in Philosophy, Political Science, Development Studies and Sociology from the Universities of Stellenbosch, Western Cape and Unisa. From 1986 to 1990 he was research consultant, coordinator and Director Research of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA).During the 1990s he was senior researcher, project coordinator and political analyst at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

He lectured at the University of South Africa (Unisa) in Sociology and in Political Science at the University of Pretoria between 2000 and 2007. He is associated with the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA) which forms part of the Hope Projects of Stellenbosch University.Liebenberg authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited numerous works and a variety of academic and popular articles and is co-editor of the journal Scientia Militaria. His accredited and international articles and chapters to books account for 120 outputs excluding popular articles and contributions to the media.

He contributed to numerous government department and non-governmental agency reports since 1993 and was a member of the civil-society representation during the first Defence Review Process (1997/1998) of South Africa. Past and present cooperation with international researchers and institutions include Angola, Russia, The Netherlands, Romania, Namibia, Portugal, Cuba, India, Belgium, Japan, Denmark, Turkey, Kenya, Uganda, Germany, Mozambique, Canada and China. His H-Index in English-American language academic publications is 10.