Saturday, January 28, 2012
Photos online from book launch parties
Dr. Robinson shares an anecdote
Photos are now available from the two recent book launch events for Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa. Edited by Jendayi Frazer, director of CIPI and distinguished public service professor at CMU, and E. Gyimah-Boadi, executive director of CDD-Ghana, the book offers timely guidance on what can be done to prevent violence from disrupting elections in Africa.
- View photos from the January 19, 2012 event in Washington D.C., featuring Dr. Pearl Robinson, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, and Dr. Robert Wilburn, Director and Distinguished Service Professor of Heinz College.
- View photos from the January 24 event in Pittsburgh.
Recent elections in sub-Saharan Africa show that no country is immune to having violence mar the electoral process and its outcomes. In March 2010, Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) and the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) convened 38 high-level participants representing 10 countries, the United Nations and 26 diverse organizations in Accra, Ghana, to participate in the Conference on Preventing Electoral Violence and Instituting Good Governance.
The publication of Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa coincides with a number of recent tense, highly contested elections, most notably Liberia’s October 2011 elections and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s November 2011 contest. In 2012, 20 African countries are scheduled to hold presidential and legislative elections. The book consists of a foreword written by Randy Newcomb, president and CEO of Humanity United, three chapters penned by Frazer, and perspectives by five other expert contributors on topics such as understanding electoral violence, diplomacy’s role in mitigating violence, and electoral success stories in Africa.
Details about the Washington D.C. event:
- Thursday, January 19 2012
- Where: Heinz College, 444 N. Capitol Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
- Details: The CIPI and CMU’s Heinz College Washington, D.C., Office hosted Frazer for a discussion on African elections’ current events and how the recommendations in “Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa” are relevant. The event was part of the Heinz College DC Discussions Series.
Details about the Pittsburgh event:
- Tuesday, January 24, 2012
- Where: Bricolage Theater, 937 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh
- Details: The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosted a Political Salon featuring Frazer and the new book in an event titled “A Question of Citizenship: Voting Rights and Challenges in Africa and the United States.” The event focused on the challenges involved in fostering peaceful, free and fair elections in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.