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Co-Chairs
The African Century? Demography and the Prospect of Development

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COL James J. Hentz, Ph.D
 
Professor and Chair of the Department of International Studies and Political Science at the Virginia Military Institute
 
Dr. Hentz is Professor and Chair of the Department of International Studies and Political Science at the Virginia Military Institute.  He received his Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has contributed articles to journals and edited volumes, including Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Journal of Modern African Studies, Defense and Security Analysis, Hoover Digest,  Orbis, and the Review of International Studies.  He is the co-editor of New and Critical Security and Regionalism: Beyond the Nation State (2003), editor of Obligation of Empire: U.S. Grand Strategy for a New Century (2004), and author of South Africa and the Logic of Regional Cooperation (Indiana University Press, 2005).  He is editor-in-chief of the Taylor & Francis/Routledge journal African Security.  In 1993/94 he was a visiting scholar at Rand Afrikaans University (Johannesburg); in 2003 he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Miklós Zrínyi National Defense University, Hungary; and in the summer of 2007 he was awarded the Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute.  Dr. Hentz won the 2007 Outstanding Faculty Award for the state of Virginia, from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.   Dr. Hentz’s most recent book is the forthcoming, The Nature of War in Africa.  He is editor of  The African Security Handbook (Taylor & Francis/Routledge Press, 2013).
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Oye Carr, PhD.
 
Dr. Oyé Carr has spent the past 18 years focusing on politics and political development in East Africa.  His doctoral work on the historical emergence of nationalism in the African context led him to undertake in-depth analysis into the construction and development of colonial and post-colonial political identity.  Initially, his work was centered on Eritrea and Rwanda but he continues to broaden the scope of his interest to include other countries in the Horn/East Africa including Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti.  Dr. Carr has performed fieldwork and archival research in both Africa and Europe and has received numerous academic awards including scholarships from Fulbright and the Ford Foundation.   He has lectured and written on challenges to peace in Africa, US national security, and African nationalism for both public and private audiences.   His current research focuses on deconstructing the notion of Youth Bulge and examining the challenges facing displaced youth populations in East Africa. Dr. Carr received his BA in History from Wesleyan University (CT) and his MA in History and PhD in Comparative Modern African Politics from Boston University. He lives in New York City where he and his family own a successful small business.