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From Conflict to Democracy: Can Elections Instigate Peace?

4 May 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Annette Fath-Lihic, Head of CCP Refugees and Migration, Institute for International Relations (IFA), Stuttgart; Associate Researcher and Lecturer, Scuola Superiore Sant´Anna, Pisa

Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria (2010-15)

Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Elections are a unique, democratic mechanism that can help overcome division and conflict in society. But, when held in nations transitioning from war and civil unrest, they can act as a catalyst for further disunion and violence.

Drawing on the findings of their recent research, Dr Annette Fath-Lihic and Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega will discuss the dynamics around the question of the timing of transitional elections. Should international and local stakeholders identify the necessary steps for the sequencing of elections?  How crucial is the scheduling? And what steps can be taken to ensure electoral integrity is achieved globally?

This event is organized in association with the Kofi Annan Foundation.

Research programme guests can register by emailing Eugénie McLachlan.