April 11: Africa's First Democrats: President Osman and Premier Hussen of Somalia

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Africa's First Democrats
President Osman and
Premier Hussen of Somalia
A Book Talk by Author Abdi Ismail Samatar
TUESDAY, april 115:30 p.m. Lecture
6:30 p.m. Book signing & reception

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis
Abdi Ismail Samatar provides a clear and foundational history of Somalia at the dawn of the country's independence when Africa's first democrats appeared. While authoritarian rulers dominated many African countries when they entered the postcolonial era, Somalia had an authentic democratic leadership.

Samatar's political biography and history of Aden A. Osman and Abdirazak H. Hussen contradict the stereotype of African dictatorship. These leaders left behind a strong democratic legacy that provides an understanding for the ways we study and understand leadership and democracy in Africa and beyond.

Hubert H. Humphrey, former Vice President and our school's namesake, is cited in the text, as he was the first and only American leader to visit the country during those years.
This event is co-sponsored by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Office of the Dean and the Freeman Center for International Economic Policy.
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