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Africa in International Relations Conference

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM
Africa in Contemporary International Relations Conference
Contexts, Stakes, Actors, and Issues

September 21-22, 2009, Grand Rapids, MI

Monday, September 21
GVSU Allendale Campus

►8:00 - 8:30am Registration Kirkof Center

►8:30 - 9:00am Opening Remarks Pere Marquette Room, Kirkof Center

Dr. Jack Mangala – Conference Chair, Director, African and African American Studies Program
Dr. Polly Diven – Director, International Relations Program
Dr. Wendy Wenner – Dean, College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Fred Antczak – Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

►9:00 -10: 35am Session A Pere Marquette Room, Kirkhof Center

Africa and the Old Balance of Power

Chair:

Panelists:
Dr. George Kieh (US-Africa), Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of West Georgia
Dr. Paul Williams (UK-Africa), Associate Director, Security Policy Studies, The Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Dr. Daniel Mengara (France-Africa), Department of French, Montclair State University
Dr. Mikhail Vishnevskiy (Russia-Africa), Deputy Director, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

►10: 45 - 12:20 Session B Pere Marquette Room, Kirkhof Center

Responding to Global Challenges from Africa

Chair:

Panelists:
Dr. Abdul Karim Bangura (International Terrorism), Department of Political Science, Howard University
Dr. Jeremy Youde (Health Security), Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota- Duluth
Dr. Elena Lioubimtseva (Human Vulnerability to Climate Change), Department of Geography and Planning, GVSU
- (Food Security)

►12:20 - 1:10pm Lunch

►1: 20 - 2: 35pm Session C Pere Marquette Room, Kirkhof Center

Africa and the New Balance of Power

Chair:

Panelists:
Dr. Daniel Large (China-Africa), Research Director, Africa-Asia Center, Royal African Society, London
Dr. Peter Pham (India-Africa), Director, The Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs, James Madison University
Dr. Sybil Rhodes (Brazil-Africa), Department of Political Science, Western Michigan University
Dr. Seifudein Adem (Japan-Africa), Associate Director, Associate Research Professor, Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University

►2: 45 - 4:20pm Session D Pere Marquette Room, Kirkhof Center

Confronting Africa’s Economic and Political Development

Chair:

Panelists:
Dr. Rita Kiki Edozie (Political Development), James Madison College, Michigan State University
Dr. Polly Diven (US Aid Policy), Department of Political Science, GVSU
Dr. Kojo Quartey (Trade), Dean, The Donald W. Maine School of Business, Davenport University
Dr. Richard Yidana (Globalization and its impacts), Sociology and African Studies, GVSU

GVSU Devos Campus

►6:00 - 7:00pm Keynote Address Loosemore Auditorium

Introductory Remarks

Dr. Mark Richards, Chair, Department of Political Science, GVSU
Dr. Thomas Haas, President, Grand Valley State University

Keynote Address

Dr. Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University

►7:15pm Dinner Regency Dining Room
Tuesday, September 22
GVSU Allendale Campus

►8:30 - 9:00am Registration Kirkof Center

►9:00 - 10:45am Session A Pere Marquette Room, Kirkhof Center

Engaging Multilateral Institutions

Chair:

Panelists:
Dr. Paul Clements (The Bretton Woods Institutions and Africa), Department of Political Science, Western Michigan University
Dr. Assefaw Bariagaber (UN-Africa), Chair, The John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University
Dr. Jack Mangala (EU-Africa), Department of Political Science, GVSU - (Millennium Development Goals),

►10:50- 12:50 Session B Pere Marquette Room, Kirkhof Center

The International Community and African Crises

Chair:

Panelists:
Dr. Mohammed Salih (Sudan), Chair, Politics of Development, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague and Department of Political Science, Leiden University
Dr. John F. Clark (Great Lakes), Chair, Department of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University
Dr. Paul Mavima (Zimbabwe), School of Public Administration, GVSU
Dr. George Kieh (Liberia / Sierra Leone), Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Science, Western Georgia University
Dr. Bertin Kouadio (Ivory Coast), Chair, International Studies, Wilson College

►1:00pm Lunch Alumni House

Closing remarks

►2:15pm Business Meeting Emeritus Study, Alumni House

►4:00pm Lecture

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