Past eventResearch Event

Angola: Preparing for Elections

8 July 2008 - 3:30am to 3:30pm

Chatham House, London


Dame Margaret Anstee, ex Special Representative of Secretary General UNAVEM II

HE Pat Phillips, UK Ambassador, Luanda

Prof. David Birmingham, former chair of Modern History, University of Kent at Canterbury

Dr. Vincent Foucher, Centre d'études d'Afrique & Politique Africaine editor, Bordeaux

Dr. Didier Péclard, Swisspeace, Bern

Christopher Child, Senior Professional Officer, Electoral Reform International Services, London

Dr. Liu Haifang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

Markus Weimer, Chr Michelsen Institute, Bergen

Søren Kirk Jensen, Independent Policy Analysis, Copenhagen



This is an Africa Programme Workshop.

Angola will hold its first parliamentary elections since 1992 on 5 September 2008. The elections are important since they represent a milestone in Angola's post-conflict transition. Given the significance of these elections Chatham House's British-Angola Forum in collaboration with Observatoire de l'Afrique will host a policy relevant workshop to debate and analyze the key issues for Angola ahead of its election.

The workshop builds upon a major conference held at Chatham House on "The Challenges for Free and Fair Elections in Angola" on 4-5 July 2005.

The workshop will draw attention to the importance of Angola's elections, mapping the pre-election context and examining the prospects for democratic legislative elections. A special Angola edition of the leading French journal Politique africaine will also be launched at this meeting.