Security and Nigeria's National Elections

  • Monday, Jul 14, 2014
  • Panelists examine the security situation at the national level and highlight innovative strategies being employed on the ground in violence-prone communities to anticipate, prevent, and militate against conflict. This conference is the third installment of an ongoing series, supported by the Ford Foundation, that brings Nigerian officials, civil society activists, and opinion leaders to Washington, D.C. to engage with U.S. policymakers and Africa experts on how best to ensure that Nigeria's 2015 elections are free, fair, and peaceful.

    The agenda is as follows:

    9:00 A.M.

    Registration and Coffee

    9:30 A.M.

    Welcome and Introductions, Jennifer Cooke, Director, CSIS Africa Program

    9:35 A.M. to 11 A.M.

    Panel I: Security Challenges and the 2015 Elections

    Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari 
    Founder, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development and Former United Nations Under-Secretary General

    Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim
    Former Director, Centre for Democracy and Development

    Frank Odita
    Principal Consultant & CEO, Frankcom Ltd. and Former Police Commissioner of Lagos State

    Ambassador Clement Layiwola Laseinde
    Director, Policy & Strategy, Office of the National Security Adviser 

    11:00 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. 

    Break

    11:15 A.M. to 12:45 P.M.

    Panel II: Strategies to Prevent and Mitigate Violence

    Chinedu Nwagu
    Manager, CLEEN Foundation

    Chom Bagu
    Country Director, Nigeria, Search for Common Ground

    Inemo Samiama
    Country Director, Nigeria, Stakeholder Democracy Network

    Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)
    Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre

    12:45 P.M. to 1 P.M.

    Buffet lunch 

    1:00 P.M. to 1:55 P.M.

    Keynote address, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State

    1:55 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

    Closing remarks, Peter Lewis, Director of African Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

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