Power, People, and Politics: What’s Happening with Elections in Africa?

Date:               This lecture has been canceled. We will reschedule this lecture in the future.

Location:       UMW Dahlgren Campus – University Hall (Room 110)

Refreshments will be served at 8:00am, and the lecture begins promptly at 8:30am.

The lecture is open to the public.  Registration is requested as space is limited (registration form below).

Summary:  Drawing upon recent experiences including serving as an international election observer for Kenya’s August 2017 election, as well as dynamics such as constitutional changes to extend the age limit to allow Ugandan president Museveni to run for office, to experiences where leading opposition candidates have been imprisoned before elections, this presentation discusses the ever shifting dynamics of electoral politics in Africa.

Bio:  Dr. Jacqueline H. Wilson has worked on elections and electoral violence prevention since 2002 including electoral work in Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Nigeria.  She is an experienced international election observer, having observed Kenya’s 2002 elections as part of a USAID mission, Sudan’s 2010 election with the Carter Center, and Kenya’s  August, 2017 election.  She conducted conflict resolution programs for the US Institute of Peace for over a decade in over 25 countries and now consults for USIP.  She worked with local peace actors in Sudan, Kenya, and Nigeria to strategize election violence prevention techniques and was faculty for a five-day course on preventing election violence in Africa.  A retired Air Force Reserve Lt Col, she served at the US Embassy in Nairobi from 2001-2003.