JHU SAIS to Host Conference on the Governance and Security in Africa’s Sahelian States

The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will hold a two-day conference, “Governance and Security in the Sahelian States: From Crisis to Sustainable Recovery” on Thursday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The conference, hosted by SAIS’s African Studies Program, will explore the issues of governance and development underlying the evolving security dilemmas in Sahelian states. Experts will examine such topics as the political and economic foundations of conflict in northern Nigeria; problems of political recovery and regional accommodation in Mali; and sources of contentious politics in other states. Leonardo Villalon, associate professor of political science and African studies at the University of Florida, will give the conference’s keynote address at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 11.
Thursday, April 11
9 a.m.           Welcome Remarks
9:15 a.m.      Keynote address by Leonardo Villalon on “The Security Crisis and the Reconfiguration of Governance in the Sahelian States”
10:30 a.m.    Panel 1: “Northern Nigeria: Islamism, Insurgency and the Collapse of Authority”
12:30 p.m.    Lunch break
1:30 p.m.      Panel 2: “Sahelian States in Comparative Perspective: Governance and Insecurity”
Friday, April 12
9 a.m.           Welcome Remarks
9:15 a.m.      Panel 3: “Mali: Explaining the Collapse of Governance and Reconstruction of the State”
11:15 a.m.    Panel 4: “The Future of Governance and Security in the Sahelian States”
1 p.m.           Closing Remarks by Peter Lewis, director of the SAIS African Studies Program
The conference is free and open to the public. The April 11 session will be held in Room 500 of the school’s Bernstein-Offit Building, located at 1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., and the April 12 session will be held in the first-floor auditorium of the school’s Rome Building, located at 1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Members of the public should RSVP to www.sahelianstatesdayone.eventbrite.com to attend the April 11 session and www.sahelianstatesdaytwo.eventbrite.com to attend the April 12 session.
Media who want to cover the event should contact Felisa Neuringer Klubes in the SAIS Communications Office at 202.663.5626 or fklubes@jhu.edu.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
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