Tag Archives: Africa

Scholars’ Circle – Ethiopia and Tigray Region Crisis, cause and effect on regional politics – July 11, 2021

War has broken out in Northern Ethiopia in the Tigray region. What is the cause, and what are the implications for the nation and the region? What are the prospects for peace and what can international actors do to facilitate this process? [ dur: 58mins. ]

This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Civil War and Humanitarian crisis in Cameroon – June 20, 2021

Cameroon is a West African nation that is embroiled in a civil war between its Anglophone and Francophone populations. What led to this civil war? and how can it be resolved? We explore the causes of the war and the prospects for resolution. [ dur: 36mins. ]

  • Patircia Asongwe is Visiting Lecturer at the National School of Administration and Magistracy in Cameroon. She is also Head of Litigation Unit in the Division of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Lauura Anyola Tufon is Consultant Expert to Conflict Sensitivity for Catholic Relief Services, Caritas, Archdiocese of Bamenda. She is founding member of the Network of Civil Peace Service in Cameroon.

Protests against violations of federalism agreements were met with state led violence in Cameroon. What were the impacts? We’ll hear from one of the organizers.[ dur: 22mins. ]

  • Fontem A Neba was Secretary General of Teacher’s Trade Union of the University of Buea before his arrest on the 17th of January, 2017. He was Secretary General of the now banned Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium. Mr. Neba was Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Buea. Now he is in exile and serves as the Secretary General of the Southern Cameroon’s Alliance.

Produced by the Scholars’ Circle team: Ankine Aghassian, Doug Becker, Melissa Chiprin and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – South Sudan Humanitarian Crisis -/- Democracy and uninformed population – March 19, 2017

South Sudan is in crisis with tens of millions of people at risk of starvation over the next six months, according to the World Food Program. The conflict there has taken thousands of lives and forced millions to flee their homes. What is the scope of the problem? And what can be done to help the young country and its citizens. [ dur: 29 mins. ]

Then, why do people seem to know so little about politics? And what does that mean for democracy? We speak with Arthur Lupia author of Uninformed: Why People Know So Little About Politics and What We Can Do About It. [ dur: 29 mins. ]

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This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Global Arms Trade / ICC – June 8th, 2014

First, how the murky world of the global arms trade compromises democracy and security. [ dur: 25 mins. ]

  • Andrew Feinstein served as an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament in South Africa for over seven years. He is the founding Director of Corruption Watch. He is the author of, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, and his political memoir, After the Party: A Personal and Political Journey Inside the ANC.

Then, the International Criminal Court has sentenced a Congolese militia leader, completing its second conviction since the court was founded 12 years ago. Why so few convictions and what should be done about prosecuting international crime? [ dur: 33 mins. ]

  • Hannah Garry is a professor of law at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic. She specializes in international human rights law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law and international refugee law.
  • Chris Mahony, is a research fellow at Center for International Law Research and Policy. He was Deputy Director of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice, Faculty of Law, Auckland University. He has advised the International Criminal Court, the British and US governments, the International Centre for Transitional Justice, and the Open Society Initiative, on international justice, transitional justice and justice sector reform.

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Scholars’ Circle June 24th, 2012

Scholars’ Circle special. In the week before (July 1st. ) the ten year anniversary of the International Criminal Court. We spend the hour assessing how far we’ve come in protecting human rights and what else can be done. What are some of ICC’s strengths and weaknesses? [ dur. 58 mins. ]

  • Samuel Moyn, Prof. of History , University of Columbia – Author:  Origin of the other.
  • Mark Drumbl is professor of law and director of the Transnational law Institute at Washington and Lee University School of Law. His numerous publications include,  Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law and Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy.
  • Chris Mahony is Professor of law and Deputy Director for the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice at the University of Auckland. His many publications include the book, The Justice Sector Afterthought: Witness Protection in Africa.
  • Liz Borgwardt is an associate professor of history and law  at Washington University. She focuses on human rights ideas and institutions. She is the author of, A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights  and the forthcoming The Nuremberg Idea: Crimes against Humanity in History, Law & Politics .

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