Madagascar: Time to Make a Fresh Start
Bob Dewar CMG, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House; UK Ambassador to Madagascar (1996-2000)
Simon Massey, Senior Lecturer, Coventry University
Discussants: Paul Melly, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Andry Raharinomena, Acting Secretary General and Director General for Economic and International Affairs, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Madagascar
Chair: Alex Vines, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Presidential and legislative elections in Madagascar are scheduled for 2013. The elections might help end a crisis that followed the overthrow of constitutional rule in March 2009. A slow burning social and economic disaster is developing, yet Malagasy political leaders have resisted compromise until now.
This event will launch the publication of an Africa Programme Paper on the crisis and participants will assess why the crisis matters to the international community, its response, and potential ways forward.
Attendance is by invitation only.