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Associate Professor and CCAPS Researcher Alan Kuperman to Lead Conference on Constitutional Design and Conflict Management in Africa

Event Details

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

The is event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law will present a conference on Constitutional Design and Conflict Management (CDCM) in Africa on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on The University of Texas at Austin campus. The conference is open to policymakers, practitioners, researchers, students, and the public. Active participation by attendees is encouraged.

Leading global scholars and practitioners will debate new case studies of seven African countries and an innovative database of political institutions across all of Africa. The conference culminates two years of research by international experts under the CCAPS program's Constitutional Design and Conflict Management project, directed by Dr. Alan J. Kuperman, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.

Countries to be discussed include Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. The research aims to spotlight African countries that are especially vulnerable to political instability, and to identify the beneficial political institutions that the United States could promote through its democracy and governance aid programs.

The CCAPS program seeks to better understand the relationship between the growing threat of climate change and the ability of African countries to manage complex emergencies, including humanitarian disasters and violent conflict.  A collaborative research program among four institutions and led by The University of Texas, the CCAPS program aims to provide practical guidance for U.S. policymakers, enrich the current body of scholarly literature, and nurture a future generation of scholars and practitioners.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative— a university-based, social science research program focused on areas of strategic importance to national security policy.

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