SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

'Talking Eritrea' Series - On National Service and its Impacts on the Social Fabric of Eritrean Society

Professor Gaim Kibreab

Date: 17 February 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 17 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Vernon Square Room: V211

Type of Event: Seminar

After a brief description of the theory and practice of national service in a historical perspective, the purposes of the presentation are to examine: (1) the mobilising and unifying effect of Eritrea’s thirty years’ war independence; (2) the goals of the Eritrean national service as conceived by its architects; (3) the effects of the national service on the  Eritrean economy and society;  and (4) the extent to which the national service is the major causal agent of displacement in post-independence Eritrea.

Speaker: Prof. Gaim Kibreab (Research Professor of the MSc Refugee Studies at London South Bank University)
Chair: Dr David Styan (Lecturer in politics at Birkbeck University)
Respondents: Selam Kidane, Iyob Tsegai

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