African Democracy: Progress and Retreat

Date(s) - 03/08/17
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

University of Chicago Institute of Politics

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Institute of Politics

African Democracy: Progress and Retreat

Wed, March 8, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

We have entered a period of global uncertainty and insecurity, and the situation in Africa is mixed, but precarious. The erosion of democratic institutions and fraudulent elections contrasts with peaceful transfers of power as in Ghana and Nigeria. Gambia recently experienced a tortuous transition to an elected government. Burundi and Congo have leaders who refuse to abide by term limits, resulting in violent upheavals. Even in countries that have retained democratic systems, confidence in their capacity to improve wellbeing and reduce insecurity has ebbed, often a consequence of corruption and dysfunctional institutions.

Featuring Professor Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC); Ambassador John Campbell, the Ralph Bunche Fellow for Africa and the Council on Foreign Relations; and Nigerian social scientist Wale Adebanwi, in conversation with Professor Richard Joseph of Northwestern University.

This program is supported by the Center for International Human Rights, Department of Political Science, Program of African Studies, and the Transportation Center of Northwestern University; the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; the Center for Global Health and Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago; and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


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