Democracy in Africa

Mr. DeMuth spoke briefly about the current political situation in Africa within the context of efforts to promote global democracy. Professor Herbst spoke about… read more

Mr. DeMuth spoke briefly about the current political situation in Africa within the context of efforts to promote global democracy. Professor Herbst spoke about the “incomplete triumph of democracy in Africa.” He noted that in 2004 16 different countries in Africa held multi-party elections. He argued that successfully encouraging democracy in Africa is critical to U.S. interests. He spoke about the growth of democracy on the continent from the 1960s to the present, noting that authoritarian governments have declined. He argued that the growth of independent media outlets in Africa has also contributed to the growth of democracy there. He also noted that there has been “significant pressure” to democratize from Africans themselves. He also discussed obstacles to further democratization in Africa, including: poverty, ethnic conflict, the ready availability of weapons for rebel groups, and conflicts between African states. He spoke about the ambiguous role of the African Union in encouraging democracy. He also noted that while many Africans participate in ostensibly democratic elections, the elections often involve significant fraud and human rights violations. Following his remarks, Professor Herbst responded to questions from members of the audience. close

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Program ID:
184246-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Nov 02, 2004 | 10:01am EST | C-SPAN 3
Last Aired:
Nov 04, 2004 | 5:44pm EST | C-SPAN 2

Airing Details

  • Nov 02, 2004 | 10:01am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 03, 2004 | 5:42am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 03, 2004 | 8:51am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 03, 2004 | 3:17pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 04, 2004 | 5:44pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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