“Challenges to South Africa’s Democracy”
E. Philip Morgan, Emeritus Professor
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)
After a short honeymoon, the promise of President Nelson Mandela’s 1990s legacy has suffered many slings and arrows in the intervening twenty years. The remarkably peaceful transition from the minority rule of the apartheid state to open, universal suffrage, competitive elections, and guaranteed human rights was seen as a great achievement the world over and a beacon to the rest of the African continent. However, a combination of global and internal forces challenged the new, liberal government almost immediately upon ratification of a new constitution in 1996. Will South African leadership meet the challenges to democracy? This is a transition year, and national elections occur in 2019.
Professor Morgan is the former Dean of the Graduate School of International Policy Studies at MIIS. He has lived and worked extensively in both the French and English-speaking countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, with a long-term commitment to the countries of Southern Africa.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 11:30 AM – Rancho Canada, Carmel Valley Road.
Auditors (lecture only) free at 12:50 p.m. Luncheon $29 Members and $35 Non-members. MC/VISA ($2 extra) or Check; Vegetarian meal optional.