Symposium on African Transitions to Be Held

Posted: April 17, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Africa is a continent that consistently defies simple generalizations. Crucial transitions are currently in progress, and have the potential for various outcomes: the advancement of peace and democracy or the escalation of conflict and authoritarian rule.

To understand some key cases and to discuss what they may mean for the the continent in a broader context, the Center for Global Studies (CGS) will hold a special symposium on Monday, April 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema on the Fairfax Campus.

Three distinguished speakers with experience from African states in transition will be featured. Peter Mandaville, professor in Public and International Affairs and co-director of the CGS, will chair the meeting.

Speakers are

  • Shyaka Anastase, director of the Center for Conflict Management at the University of Rwanda and currently Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Global Studies, will discuss “Home-Grown Mechanisms of Conflict Resolution in Africa’s Great Lakes Region.”

  • Brian d’Silva, Sudan Country Team Leader, United States Agency for International Development, will present “Planning and Implementing a Transition – The Southern Sudan Experience from a Practitioner’s Viewpoint.”
  • Terrence Lyons, associate professor of conflict analysis and resolution and co-director of CGS, will discuss “The Regional Dimensions to Conflict in the Horn of Africa and the Implications for Peace.”

For more information, contact Marcy Glover, Global and Educational Programs Coordinator, at 703-993-8722 or

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