Skyping Across the Atlantic

The International Relations class welcomed Dr. Chris Kwaja, from the United Nations Human Rights Council, to its class via Skype recently. The class was analyzing different political systems in the international community (democracies, parliaments, and authoritarian regimes) and Dr. Kwaja’s talk was an opportunity to highlight that democracies usually are not a binary system but exist on a spectrum. He really emphasized this point during his lecture.

Dr. Kwaja, who Skyped in from Yola, Nigeria, lectured on the history of Africa in relation to the United Nations, democracy, and some of Africa's most pressing issues in the near future. These included upcoming elections, terrorism, the legacy of colonialism, and technology.

Dr. Kwaja was recently appointed to the United Nations Human Rights Council and is a senior advisor at the United States Institute for Peace and senior lecturer at the Centre for Peace and Security Studies at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology in Yola, Nigeria.