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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Democracy in West Africa

2011 April 11

The theme of tomorrow’s Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum is democracy and governance in West Africa. While Guinea held successful elections in late 2010, neighboring Côte d’Ivoire has been embroiled in violence as a result of their disputed elections. Incumbent President Lauren Gbagbo, was arrested today but his capture may not end fighting. The war in Cote d’Ivoire has naturally affected its neighbors; thousands have sought refuge in Liberia.

With Liberia set to hold elections this year and Sierra Leone to follow the next, the forum will address the current situation in the region as well as suggestions on how to ensure that these future elections are fair and successful.

Our Sierra Leone Country Director, Ambrose James, will be one of the Forum’s speakers and he brings over a decade of experience transforming conflict in his native Sierra Leone. Part of his work has included developing SFCG’s successful elections strategy during the 2007 general and 2008 local council elections.

The Forum is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12th from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenny Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington D.C., 20036

This is sure to be an exciting event, especially with the recent changes in Côte d’Ivoire!

Register here for the Forum.

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