Amani Abeid Karume, former president of Zanzibar, recently addressed the Boston University community [...]regarding January’s events in Tunisia and Egypt.
“To attempt to speak on such a subject risks many errors,” he said, “but any such errors are worth the risk because of the potential important lessons to learn.” Within a span of a month, two North African regimes in Arab-Muslim states were crushed, beginning with the January 14 Tunisian uprising against President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, followed by the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a few days later.
In his lecture, Karume addressed both the reasons behind the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions and the consequences they’ve had on Africa, the Middle East, and the West.
Karume served as Zanibar’s president from 2000 to 2010, during which time he focused on health care reform, with particular attention paid to epidemics of HIV and malaria.
Hosted by the African Presidential Archives & Research Center on March 10, 2011.