KSU symposium to examine election conflicts in Africa’s newest democracies


Participants to discuss orderly political transitions in wake of upheavals in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya…

Georgia (May 2, 2011)Participants to discuss orderly political transitions in wake of upheavals in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Ivory Coast

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 2 , 2011) — African diplomats, international electioneers, pro-democracy advocates and conflict management scholars will convene May 13 at Kennesaw State University to gauge where some of the hot spots will be as some 40 elections take place in at least 25 African countries this year.

The symposium will explore managing election and post-election conflicts similar to the recent violence that erupted from stalemate between Ivory Coast’s 10-year presidential incumbent and its newly-elected leader. 


Kennesaw State’s Center for Conflict Management will host an all-day symposium titled “Managing Conflicts in Africa’s Democratic Transitions.” The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.  Lunch and dinner can be reserved for $15 and $30 at https://epay.kennesaw.edu/C20923_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=976


Among the featured speakers and participants:

  • Attahiru Jega, chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria (dinner keynote speaker)
  • Neneh MacDouall-Gaye, Gambia’s former ambassador to the U.S.
  • Hrair Balian, director, conflict resolution, Carter Center
  • Ilona Tip, acting director, Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa 
  • Professor Abdul Karim Bangura, professor of political science,  Howard University (lunch keynote speaker) 
  • More than 20 Africa and conflict management scholars, practitioners and activists from KSU, Ohio State, London’s King’s College, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the Carter Center, the United States Institute for Peace, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Center, Campaign for Democracy and Women Arise. 

When and Where:

Friday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building (#22 ) on the KSU campus, 1000 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw, Ga., 30144. Register and view a full symposium schedule at http://www.kennesaw.edu/conflict/ElectionConflicts.html


This symposium is co-sponsored by KSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Center for African and African Diaspora Studies.

Kennesaw State University is the third largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries. 



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu