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Experts examine Kenya crisis

29 January 2008

ATTENTION: International affairs, humans rights writers and editors

Contact: Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944 yanwar@berkeley.edu

Political scientists and an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, will provide insights and perspectives on Kenya's presidential election, its violent aftermath and the potential for peace.

The event is hosted by UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies. Since the disputed Dec. 27 re-election of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, clashes led by rival political factions have caused the deaths of more than 750 people. More than a quarter of a million Kenyans have been forced from their homes.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 30, from noon until 1:30 p.m.

African American Studies Department, Room 625, Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley, just northeast of the intersection of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue. See a campus map online at: http://berkeley.edu/map/.

Panelists will include:

  • Leo Arriola, an assistant professor of political science at UC Berkeley. He has researched the concerns of the opposition to Kenya's ruling party.
  • J. Michael Halderman, a longtime consultant who has focused on rural development, trade and conflict resolution in Kenya and other parts of Africa. He holds a Ph. D. in political science from UC Berkeley.
  • Mark Borgschulte is a doctoral candidate in economics at UC Berkeley. He is studying HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and was in Kenya for the election and its aftermath.