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The Conflicts of Africa: New Forms, New Issues, New Worries for the United States

May 02, 2016 at 6:00 PM 
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The Citadel Alumni Center
69 Hagood Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403

Speaker: Chris Day
Assistant Professor in Department of Political Science at the College of Charleston


A troubling development emerging in Africa in the past several years is a wide arc of instability and armed conflict ranging from Somalia along the Red Sea to Uganda, Central African Republic, Congo, Mali, and Nigeria bordering on the Atlantic, and other countries as well. Islamic Jihadism has spread but there are also domestic civil wars reflecting ethnic divisions and the failures of strong-man governments. It is a complex and disturbing trend which, more or less under the radar screen, Washington has begun to address with military advisors and increasing attention along with France and other countries. 
Chris Day spent many years in conflict environments in South Sudan, Liberia, Nigeria,  Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Uganda and other countries as an aid worker, with the UN, Doctors Without Borders and other humanitarian groups, and  also in India and Sri Lanka, before pursuing an academic career which brought him to the College of Charleston.   
Chris Day is a graduate of the College of Charleston. He received his MA from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and his Ph.D.  in African studies from Northwestern University.

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