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Oct 27: Presidential Elections in Liberia -- what happens next?

A discussion of the most important election in Africa with leading Liberian political scientist Ellwood Dunn

When: Thursday 27 October 2:00-3:30 PM
Where: Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, Third Floor Conference Room 340 West Michigan Street Indianapolis (Historic Landmarks Building)

In August, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia mesmerized a crowd at Sagamore Institute with her insightful analysis of the challenges facing her war-ravaged country as it approached presidential elections scheduled for October. Last week Ms Johnson-Sirleaf finished second in a field of 22 candidates with about 20% of the vote. The leading vote-winner, soccer star George Weah, received about 30%. Since no candidate got more than 50% of the vote, a second run-off election between Johnson-Sirleaf and Weah is scheduled for November 8. The campaign has been intense, and Liberians and their neighbors are watching anxiously to see who wins and whether democracy can put Liberia on the road to recovery.

Helping us understand this very important situation will be one of this country’s leading experts on Liberian politics, Prof. Elwood Dunn of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. After receiving his PhD from American University and teaching at Fordham University and Seton Hall in the 1970s, Prof. Dunn returned to his native Liberia to teach and serve in government as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs. Author of many books and articles about ethnic conflict and economic development in Liberia and Africa, and frequent guest on PBS and CNN, Prof. Dunn is an ideal guide to making sense of a vital country at a most critical moment.

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