Democratization in Africa: Progress and Retreat

March 11, 2010
12:00 am - 12:00 am

A panel discussion celebrated the publication of:

Democratization in Africa: Progress and Retreat
A Journal of Democracy book edited by
Larry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner
published in March 2010 by the Johns Hopkins University Press

Featuring contributors:

Joel D. Barkan
Richard Joseph
Peter Lewis
Andrew M. Mwenda
H. Kwasi Premeph
Larry Diamond

About the Speakers

Joel D. Barkan is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Iowa and senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is Legislative Power in Emerging African Democracies (2009).

Richard Joseph is John Evans Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the editor of State, Conflict, and Democracy in Africa (1999) and coeditor of Smart Aid for African Development (2009).

Peter Lewis is director of the African Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is Growing Apart: Oil, Politics, and Economic Change in Indonesia and Nigeria (2007).

Andrew M. Mwenda has been political editor of Uganda’s Daily Monitor and host of a prime-time radio talk show. He is a founding fellow at the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), a public-policy research group in Kampala. He is currently a post-graduate fellow in African studies at Yale University.

H. Kwasi Prempeh teaches constitutional law and comparative constitutionalism at Seton Hall University School of Law in New Jersey. Previously, he served as director of legal policy and governance at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development. He coedits the Center’s quarterly, Democracy Watch.

Larry Diamond (moderator) is coeditor of the Journal of Democracy, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and director of Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. His most recent book is The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World.