Ambassador James Aggrey-Orleans, retired Career Diplomat and an alumnus of the University has called on African leaders to uphold good democratic governance to alleviate conflict in Africa, which he said is a matter of considerable contemporary social, economic and political interest.
Ambassador James Aggrey-Orleans, 2011 Alumni Lecturer
He made these observations when he delivered the 2011 Alumni Lecture in the Great Hall of the University in December last year. His lecture was on the topic: “Conflict Resolution and African Diplomacy: “Ideal politic and Realpolitic”. Ambassador Aggrey-Orleans said, Idealism or “Idealpolitic” is a directive principle of motivation and inspiration, and maintained that the realities of human predicament call for the imperative of “Realpolitic”as the directive principle of concrete action. He said conflicts, wars and acts of violence which overshadow Africa’s quest for peace, security and stable development, constitute a litmus test of its diplomacy, which has been notably characterized by mixed successes.
“African diplomacy has been characterized by moves to secure cooperation among African States and for African countries through the establishment of several multilateral organizations within the UN system and on the continent such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) among others”, he argued.
He further called on African leaders to adapt “Preventive Diplomacy” which he defined as an action that prevents disputes from arising between parties; prevents existing disputes from escalating into conflicts and limits the spread of conflicts when they occur”, adding that preventive diplomacy was possible only through good democratic governance.
Ambassador James Aggrey-Orleans in a pose with his wife, Ambassador Agnes Aggrey-Orleans and his sons (back row); Chairman of the Alumni Association, Paa Kwesi Yankey (front row,extreme left) and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ernest Aryeetey (front row, extreme right)
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ernest Aryeteey, who chaired the lecture, applauded Ambassador Aggrey-Orleans for delivering a well researched paper. He challenged African leaders to move from the “Ideal world” to the “Real world” by putting good structures in place to forestall conflicts.
On his part, the Alumni Association Chairman, Paa Kwesi Yankey, used the occasion to call on all alumni of the University to come on board to support their alma mater. He was grateful to individuals and corporate bodies, such as Joy FM, Media Majique and Ecobank, for providing support to make the event a success.
Ambassador James Aggrey-Orleans (right) being greeted warmly by Ambassador E.M. Debrah
The lecture was attended by alumni and friends of the University, which included His Excellency E.M. Debrah who delivered the 1976 Alumni Lecture, Prof. Ivan Addae-Mensah who was the 2003 Alumni Lecturer and Maj. Rtd Daniel Ablorh-Quarcoo, 2004 Alumni Lecturer.
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