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Ethiopia: A Turn to Democracy?

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM CT

Where: Scott Hall, 212, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: John Mocek   (847) 491-5364

Group: Department of Political Science

Category: Academic


In 2018, there have been notable democratic advances and setbacks in Africa. The Working Group on Governance & Development has convened meetings on Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Cameroon led by experts on these countries. On Tuesday, November 27, a dinner discussion will take place on the major political developments this year in Ethiopia, the second most populous African country. They include: the appointment in April of a new Prime Minister, 42-year Abiy Ahmed, from the long-ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the several hundred political prisoners; the ending of prolonged hostilities with Eritrea; and the promise of an era of political liberalization and inclusion. A fuller statement will follow.

Scott Hall 212, 6 - 8:15 pm
6 pm: Ethiopian Buffet Dinner
6:30 pm: Prof. Richard Joseph, "Democracy Building in Contemporary Africa"
7 pm Skype Conversation with Christian Tesfaye, Opinion Editor, Fortune (weekly magazine, Addis Ababa) and Salih Nur, graduate student, Department of Political Science.

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