"Democracy in DR Congo: Dashed Hopes, Expectations and Realities. What the International Community Can Do to Be Presented at FSU

March 24, 2010
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"Democracy in DR Congo: Dashed Hopes, Expectations and Realities. What the International Community Can Do" to Be Presented at FSU
03/24/2010

The African American Studies program of Frostburg State University will present "Democracy in DR Congo: Dashed Hopes, Expectations and Realities. What the International Community Can Do," a lecture presented by Mvemba Phezo Dizolele on Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m. in room 226 of the Compton Science Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The presentation will discuss the context of democratization in DRC, with a discussion of the geopolitical forces at work in Congo as well as the conflict (mineral resources, foreign intervention, the UN) that has plagued the country in space and time. The presentation will also include a discussion of what worked and what did not work in the political transition of the DRC, including the weak leadership in Kinshasa.

Dizolele is a writer and foreign policy analyst. He is the Peter J. Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Dizolele is currently working on his book, "Mobutu: the Rise and Fall of the Leopard King," to be published by Random House-UK in 2010. As a United Press International columnist, he wrote a weekly column, "Eye on Africa," an analysis of political developments on the continent, with worldwide distribution. His work has also been published in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Times and Hoover Digest.

For more information about the presentation or the African American Studies program at FSU, contact Dr. Alem Abbay at 301-687-4228.

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