As South Africans and the world celebrate the life of one of the preeminent statesmen of the 20th century, South Africa still struggles to realize Nelson Mandela’s vision of a multiracial society based on justice and reconciliation. Mandela has in fact not governed the country since he stepped down as its president in 1999. Mr. Barkan will discuss South Africa during Mandela’s administration and its present struggle to overcome the legacies of apartheid.
Joel D. Barkan is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Iowa and is currently Senior Associate at the Africa Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. A specialist on issues of democratization, governance and political economy across Anglophone Africa, he served as the first regional democracy and governance advisor for Eastern and Southern Africa at USAID from 1992 to 1994. Since then he has straddled the worlds of academe and the policy community by consulting extensively for DfID (Department for International Development), the National Endowment for Democracy, the Department of State, USAID and the World Bank. After retiring from Iowa in 2005, Joel has taught at Princeton University (2006-2007) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (2010, 2011). He has also been a visiting fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (2005-2006), and the University of Cape Town (2004 to present). His latest book is Legislative Power in Emerging African Democracies (2009).