Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Zimbabwe Debate

Friday, 26th February 2010

St Andrews University - Fife, Scotland.

On the 18th April 2010 Robert Mugabe celebrates 30 years in power.

Albert Weidemann is a prominent Zimbabwean human rights activist who talks throughout Britain. Albert was born and brought up in Zimbabwe and refused to accept a lucrative contract to work with the Zimbabwean government as it was on the condition that he did not criticize or condemn the government. He currently lives in Yorkshire and regularly visits Zimbabwe.
Patrick Tom is a research student at the University of St Andrews. He has earned a BA (Philosophy, Shona and Linguistics), BA Honours and MA in Philosophy from the University of Zimbabwe, MA in International Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame and MA in Conflict, Development and Security from the University of Leeds. He has also taught Philosophyy at the University of Zimbabwe. Patrick has interned at the Foundation for Human Rights initiative in Uganda and was the recipient of the University of Notre Dame John Joyce Award (2006) for a graduate research paper on transnational organizing and the labour movement in Zimbabwe. Patrick’s current research project is ‘Liberal Peace and Post-conflict Peace building in Africa: Sierra Leone and Namibia.’
Ian Taylor is a Professor in International Relations at University of St. Andrews and a Professor Extraordinary in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is also Honorary Professor in the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University, China and Joint Professor in the Centre for European Studies, Renmin University of China. Prior to working at St Andrews Prof. Taylor taught at the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Botswana for four years and before entering academia Professor Taylor worked for the UNHCR in Hong Kong.Professor Taylor’s primary research interest is the Global South and emerging powers especially Sino-Africa relations. He has recently published ‘China’s New Role in Africa’ and ‘International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa.’ Professor Taylor is co-editor of the academic journal "African Security" and also of the "Review of International Studies", the journal of the British International Studies Association.
Kevin Dunion is currently the Rector of St Andrews University and the Scottish Information Commissioner. Kevin’s previous roles include Campaigns Manager at Oxfam and Chairman of Friends of the Earth International. Kevin studied Modern History at St Andrews and has an MSc in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh.
For further details please conatct: Albert Weidemann, 1 Ambrose Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1SH (Mobile) 079171 56093 (Email)