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Politics of Democratic Transition in Africa

Politics of Democratic Transition in Africa: Independence, Instability, and the Elusive Goal of Development

Political scientist and UN consultant Tayo Oke will travel from Lagos, Nigeria to UI to talk about concepts of democracy and development across the African continent. Oke, who has served as an election monitor and specialist in countries as diverse as Ukraine, Sierra Leone, and Timor Leste, will visit with a variety of campus groups during his three day visit.

The following is a synopsis developed from press releases issued by the UI Communications and Marketing Department; additional comments in italics

Political scientist and U.N. consultant Tayo Oke shared his observations, which are drawn from both academic and practical perspectives.   It was “a unique opportunity to hear from someone who has not just studied or taught about democracy across Africa, but has been involved in many of the movements as well," said Bill Smith director of the Martin Institute at the University of Idaho. "Tayo is a remarkable individual and we're fortunate to host him here in Moscow.”

Oke is the author of "Radicalism, Political Power, and Foreign Policy in Nigeria." He is the director of Oke Associates International, which has offices in Nigeria and the Republic of Congo. And for the past 20 years, he has been a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, England.   Oke has managed large-scale, multi-disciplinary, multi-national and cultural projects in various countries around the world. He served as an associate professor of international relations and comparative politics at Vidzemes University College in Valmiera, Lativa. He also has lectured in European political systems at the University of East London. He holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Keele in the U.K.

It is through Dr. Oke that we were able to arrange a visit with his close friend, Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, at the UN the week preceding his visit to Moscow. We are grateful to Tayo, both for this introduction and for his good work here at the UI.