Wednesday, December 5, 2012
CIPI Director Jendayi Frazer to deliver remarks at the Achebe Colloquium on Africa
2012 Achebe Colloquium on Africa
CIPI Edited Volume, Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa, will also be featured at the Brown University event
On December 7-8, 2012, Brown University will hold the annual Achebe Colloquium on Africa, convened by Chinua Achebe, celebrated author and Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown. The university describes the Colloquium as a forum that “brings together an international group of scholars, officials from African governments, the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and other organizations for two days of intense deliberation and exchange of ideas on the importance of strengthening democracy and peace on the African continent.” Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Carnegie Mellon University Professor and Director of the Center for International Policy & Innovation (CIPI) will deliver remarks during the forum whose theme is “Governance, Security, and Peace in Africa.”
Director Frazer will be discussant during the panel on “Terrorism and the Challenges for Regional Security” on December 8 that examines these issues in the context of eastern and central Africa. Frazer held the posts of Senior Director for Africa and Special Assistant to the President at the National Security Council, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during President George W. Bush’s Administration. During her tenure, she is widely credited for designing the administration’s policies for ending the wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Burundi, and playing an instrumental role in resolving the crisis following Kenya’s 2007 presidential election.
As part of the event, Brown University is also highlighted the works of the featured speakers. Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa, a CIPI publication co-edited by Jendayi Frazer and E. Gyimah-Boadi, is being displayed by the Brown University Bookstore, where it will be available for purchase during the event. The edited volume encapsulates important lessons learned and best practices compiled by practitioners, government and security officials, and regional bodies on the conditions and triggers for electoral violence as well as steps that could be undertaken to prevent violence in future elections.