Africa: Democracy and Insecurity

Wale Adebanwi, Professor, University of California, Davis; Rhodes Professor of Race Relations - Designate, Oxford University; John Campbell, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Olopade, Walter L. Palmer Professor of Medicine & Human Genetics; Associate Dean, Global Health, University of Chicago. Moderated by Richard Joseph.

Africa: Democracy and Insecurity

The rise of authoritarian nationalism and general economic malaise are straining democratic governance around the world—including in Africa. Countries such as Burundi, Congo, and Ethiopia have experienced an erosion of democratic institutions, fraudulent elections, and violent upheavals—in contrast to peaceful power transfers in others, such as Ghana and Nigeria. Many African countries are experiencing an ebb in confidence regarding their governments’ capacity to improve living standards and reduce insecurity—often as a consequence of corruption and dysfunctional institutions. How can Africa overcome obstacles to democratic governance? And what does the future hold for the continent?

John Campbell’s new book, Morning in South Africa, will be available for sale and signing from The Book Cellar. 

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5:30 p.m.                    
Registration and cash bar reception

6:00 p.m.                    
Discussion and Q&A

7:15 p.m.                     
Adjournment and book signing

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