Politics & Rule of Law

8th Mandela Day Marked with Reflection On 1998 Harvard University Commencement

18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born —marks Nelson Mandela International Day. On this day, the UN asks individuals around the world to mark the day by making a difference in their communities. As you reflect, take a look back at a 1998 Harvard Crimson article anticipating a special Harvard University commencement honoring Nelson Mandela's contribution to causes of peace and freedom: 

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We Didn’t Realize It Would Be So Easy to Fight and So Hard to Transform

Winnie Mandela
Winnie Mandela
Today I had the great privilege of meeting and speaking with Winnie Mandela, widow of Nelson Mandela and a crucial leader of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa in her own right.

Several of us were in Johannesburg for the opening of the Harvard Center for African Studies (CAS) office here – the first CAS outpost on the continent. I’m the HBS representative to the CAS Executive Committee. We also have an office here – the brand new HBS Africa Research Center under the direction of Pippa Armerding – and I’m the Faculty Chair.

Emmanuel Akyeampong is the Faculty Director of the Harvard Center for African Studies. He’s a historian originally from Ghana and has been at Harvard for about 25 years. Read more about We Didn’t Realize It Would Be So Easy to Fight and So Hard to Transform

Workshopping Innovation and Cooperative Research in Global Law and Policy

"As you travel across Africa, you observe one thing about how Africa is growing: graceless poverty, sitting beside unbelievable wealth. I think the idea of inclusive growth should be front and center in policy discussions in Africa and regulatory mechanisms to promote it must be enacted throughout the continent,” Nigerian native, Chilenye Nwapi, representing the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law in Canada, raised the issues around how to promote inclusive growth in Africa and the world during the pilot initiative of the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP).

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ASW Conference 2014: Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa

The African Studies Workshop (ASW) culminates each year with a conference event in the spring.  The 2014, entitled Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa, was held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Knafel Center.  The scholarly objectives of the conference were to interrogate — to document, analyze, and theorize — changes in the politics, economics, and cultural practices surrounding the institution of chiefship, and of the so-called “customary,” under present-day conditions in Africa. We sought to explore the impact of the global economy, liberalization, state

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Reimagining South Sudan

“Seventy percent of the richest quintile in South Sudan owns a pair of shoes. For the poor its only 30 percent.”
– Lant Pritchett, Professor of Economic Development at the Harvard Kennedy School

In a historic referendum on January 9, 2011, nearly 99% of voters in Southern Sudan cast their ballots in favor of secession from the North. With independence on the horizon, the Harvard Committee on African Studies and the Harvard Committee on Ethnic Studies invited the community to hear from Harvard and South Sudan’s top health, economic development, governance, gender

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