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Date and Location

November 17, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
B-500 Bell Hall


A Generational Clash? Youth Demography and Political Instability in West Africa and the Sahel Photo

​CID’s last Speaker Series for fall 2023 features Bintu Zahara Sakor, a Visiting Scholar at Harvard and Doctoral Researcher with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) who will discuss the numerous complex challenges African youth are confronted with today that prevent them from realizing their full potential. High youth unemployment, poor education systems, poverty, and insecurity combined with rapid demographic growth are prompting increased migration for youth. The struggle for self-fulfillment creates additional frustrations among the youth, driving them towards radicalization and contributing to political instabilities such as terrorism, military coups d’états and armed conflict as we are seeing in the West African Sahel region. The talk will take a closer look at the challenges for African youth, particularly in the context of West Africa and the Sahel region.

This is a hybrid event open virtually to the public and in-person at the Harvard Kennedy School for HUID holders. Lunch will be served. ​

Speakers and Presenters

​Bintu Zahara Sakor