Date:   February 12, 2013

To:     All UF Graduate Students, Coordinators and Staff

From:   UF Center for African Studies, UF Department of Political Science and the Sahel Research Group

RE:     February 21 Conference at UF: "The Politics of Institutional Reform in Sahelian Africa"

The Sahel Research Group, UF Center for African Studies and UF Department of Political Science is presenting this conference:
"The Politics of Institutional Reform in Sahelian Africa"

21 February 2013
Reitz Union Meeting Room 286

Mahaman Tidjani-Alou, LASDEL and Université Abdou Moumouni, Niger
Augustin Loada, CGD and Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Ismaďla Madior Fall, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal
Zakaria ould Ahmed Salem, Université de Nouakchott, Mauritania
Lucien Toulou, EISA-Tchad
Moumouni Soumano, Université de Bamako, Mali
Leonardo A. Villalón, University of Florida

8:30 a.m.           Welcome and Introduction
8:45 - 10:00 a.m.   Mauritania and Senegal
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.  Burkina Faso and Niger
11:45 - 1:00 a.m.   Chad and Mali

Lunch Break

2:30 - 4:00 a.m.    Panel Discussion: The Resilience of Institutions in the Current Crisis
This conference will address the question of whether the politics of creating and reforming institutions, most often in the name of democracy, have weakened or strengthened states across the African Sahel.  It is composed of six paper presentations and a concluding roundtable discussion by distinguished political scientists regarding their respective countries: Mauritania, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad and Mali. The presentations highlight the politics of institutional reform in each country, analyzing its effects on the coherence of the state in the era of democratization. 
Conference is free and open to the UF community and the broader public

Translation will be provided for presentations in French. 
Sponsored by the Minerva Initiative grant to the University of Florida