On October 20, 2010 FOCIS welcomed Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozabique, for a special keynote presentation as part of the African Democracy Project.  As the second in a series of former heads of state to deliver the keynote address at FOCIS, President Chissano discussed Mozambique's miraculous transition from destabilization and conflict to democracy.  In 2007 President Chissano received the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership to honor his commitment to a just and fair majority rule.

The African Democracy Project is an ongoing examination of the status and future of democracy in Africa. His presentation highlighted the public launch of the Project, which included three days of activities and panel discussions on African politics, history, art and literature.   Please click here to view President Chissano's recorded comments.