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Emerging Africa is topic upcoming talk at WMU

Oct. 8, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The fundamental changes driving the revitalization of 17 African countries will be discussed at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Room 3301 of Friedmann Hall at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Steven Radelet, senior advisor of development for the U.S. Secretary of State, will share his views on the economic growth, deepening democracy, improved governance and decreased poverty in these countries since 1995. His talk will be based on his newly released book, "Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries are Leading the Way," and a book signing will follow the talk.

Radelet's discussion will center on the 17 nations and their remarkable, if little-noticed, turnaround. During the past 15 years, these countries are putting behind them the conflict, stagnation, and dictatorships of the past and replacing them with steady economic growth and other improvements that are likely to continue.

In addition to his most recent book, Radelet also is the author of "Challenging Foreign Aid: A Policymaker's Guide to the Millennium Challenge Account," and co-author of "Economics of Development."

Prior to joining the U.S. Secretary of State's office, he was a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development; economic advisor to the Government of Liberia; deputy assistant secretary of the Department of Treasury for Africa, the Middle East and Asia; and a faculty member at Harvard University.

For more information, contact Susan Hoffmann, director of the Institute of Government and Politics in WMU's Department of Political Science, susan.hoffmann@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5692.

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