Dr. Levitt in the News

Liberia Must Confront Its Past if it Wants a Brighter Future

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, chosen president of Liberia last month in the country’s first free polling in its 183-year history, is the first woman elected to a presidency in Africa.

The choice of Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf is a remarkable breakthrough in a historically patriarchal society where women largely have been kept at the periphery in politics. She explicitly campaigned on her gender, and many of her supporters wore T-shirts that proclaimed, “All the men have failed Liberia; let’s try a woman this time.” It was a none-too-subtle reminder of the failure of men who have led the country into nearly two decades of authoritarian rule and civil strife from which it is only now emerging.

read more

Dr. Jeremy Levitt

Dr. Levitt is Distinguished Professor of International Law at Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law in Orlando, Florida. He is a contributor to multiple media outlets and is available for interviews and expert commentary, as requested.

Pin It on Pinterest