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"Toward a Democratic Ethiopia" Conference
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 8:30 AM (EDT)
The National Endowment for Democracy and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars cordially invite you to attend the conference
Toward a Democratic Ethiopia
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street, NW, Suite 800
8:30 a.m. – Registration and coffee
9:00 a.m. – Panel 1: Civil Society, Media and Political Space
· Dawit Kebede, Editor-in-Chief, Awramba Times
· Mahdere Paulos, former Executive Director, Ethiopian Women’s Lawyers Association
· Sarah Margon, Deputy Washington Director, Human Rights Watch
· Moderator: Abdulwahab Alkebsi, Director, Middle East and Africa, Center for International Private Enterprise
10:15 a.m. – Break
10:30 a.m. – Panel 2: Strategic Opportunities and Policy Challenges
· Prof. Terrence Lyons, George Mason University
· Amb. David Shinn, George Washington University
· Prof. Berhanu Mengistu, Old Dominion University
· Moderator: Lauren Ploch Blanchard, Specialist in African Affairs, Congressional Research Service
12:00p.m. – Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Lunch Presentation
· Gregory Simpkins, U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights
· Karen Hanrahan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State
The conference will be streamed live on our website at
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The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries.
Since its founding in 1983, the Endowment has remained on the leading edge of democratic struggles everywhere, while evolving into a multifaceted institution that is a hub of activity, resources and intellectual exchange for activists, practitioners and scholars of democracy the world over.