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Matthew LeRiche

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New Global Leadership Center director to address conflict in South Sudan


The new director of Ohio University’s Global Leadership Center will be discussing the conflict in South Sudan during a special presentation on Wednesday, April 12.

Director Matthew LeRiche will present, “Not Just Another War in Africa: Explaining the Conflict in South Sudan,” from noon until 1:30 p.m. in Baker University Center 231 on April 12. The event is free and open to the public.

LeRiche was named director of the Global Leadership Center earlier in the semester and is now leading the two-year undergraduate certificate program.

Prior to joining Ohio University, LeRiche served as a visiting assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Among his other positions, he has served as a Fellow in Managing Humanitarianism at the International Development Department of the London School of Economics.

His coauthored book, “South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence,” published by Hurst and Co. and Oxford University Press, explains how South Sudan became the world’s newest state.

As an expert analyst of Sudan, South Sudan and East African political and security issues, LeRiche contributes to various publications, including the Huffington Post and Global Brief, and frequently comments on camera regarding African politics, development and security issues. He has also produced and written several documentary films about Sudan and South Sudan.

He earned his Ph.D. and master’s of research in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and his bachelor of arts degree in political science and law and society at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Light refreshments will be served at the April 12 event, which is being sponsored by the African Studies Program, the Center for International Studies and the Global Leadership Center.

The Global Leadership Center is a unique two-year certificate program that strives to develop internationally-minded, locally-engaged leaders in all walks of life. Students in the program work in teams comprised of both Ohio University and foreign-based international students on real-world projects, usually with real-world clients in the U.S. and abroad, in a community-based education experience.

For more information, please visit www.ohio.edu/global/glc.

This article was provided by the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.