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Symposium: After Conflict and Dictatorship – Development in Rwanda & Zimbabwe
29-01-2018 at 20:00 - 22:00
Rwanda and Zimbabwe seem to be two very different countries. The former is often held to be a shining example of a country which successfully took up development after a devastating civil war. The latter, on the other hand, is usually regarded as a typical case of a post-colonial, dictatorial African regime. But how are things actually and how have they developed recently? During this mini-symposium, we will give the floor to two experts.
Margot Leegwater is an anthropologist working for the African Studies Centre in Leiden. Her research has examined land policies in rural southeastern Rwanda and their effects on social relations, including the relations between ethnic groups. She will give a critical perspective on the country’s post-conflict development, which she believes is not as unequivocally successful as it is often presented in the popular media.
Charles Laurie is the Director and Head of Politics at Verisk Maplecroft, a British risk management consultancy. He is a leading expert on the history of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. His most recent book is The Land Reform Deception, in which Laurie explores the land seizure policy of the Mugabe regime – which he calls “the most traumatic period in Zimbabwe’s recent history”. He will discuss how Zimbabwe has developed since the fall of Robert Mugabe.