Africa Events

New Ideas in the Transition from Relief to Development

November 18, 2003 // 1:00pm3:00pm
Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity
Samuel Nyambi, United Nations Representative in Ethiopia; Abou Moussa, United Nations Representative in Liberia; Herbert M'Cleod, United Nations Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Simon Nhonga, United Nations Representative in Eritrea

Peace-Building in Africa's Great Lakes Region

October 17, 2003 // 9:00am10:30pm
Africa Program
A discussion on "Peace-Building in Africa's Great Lakes Region,"led by Ambassador Haile Menkerios, the Director of the Africa division of the UN Department of Political Affairs that is responsible for Africa's Great Lakes region.

Kenya after Moi

October 09, 2003 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Africa Program
A Roundtable Discussion with one of Kenya’s leading human rights advocates, Dr. Gibson Kamau Kuria, the recipient of both the Robert F. Kennedy 1988 Human Rights Award and the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Award.Dr. Kuria, a distinguished Kenyan lawyer, has for decades been at the center of Kenya’s struggle for constitutionalism and the rule of law. He has been repeatedly honored – for his defense of dissidents, for his mobilization of members of the Kenyan bar in resisting anti-democratic initiatives and practices, for his distinguished serve as a judge, and for his role in the campaign to restore political pluralism in Kenya. Recently, following the election of President Kibaki, Dr. Kuria was appointed to a tribunal established to inquire into allegations of judicial corruption; in addition, he is currently serving as assisting counsel to the commission enquiring into the infamous Goldenberg scandal. His presence in Washington will provide an opportunity to review Kenya’s recent political and constitutional evolution, and to assess Kenya’s human rights environment in post-Moi Kenya.

CANCELLED: Burundi - Next Steps in the Peace Process

October 02, 2003 // 12:00am
Africa Program
You are cordially invited to attend an address by His Excellency, the President of Burundi, Domitien Ndayizeye. This past May 1st, in what was hailed by the international community as a significant step on the road to a Burundian peace, Domitien Ndayizeye, an ethnic Hutu, took over the presidency of Burundi’s Transitional Government from his Tutsi predecessor, Pierre Buyoya. President Ndayizeye will be arriving in the United States shortly after the conclusion of a regional summit that, while reportedly yielding some progress, did not succeed in producing a new power-sharing agreement between the government and the principal armed rebel group. President Ndayizeye will report on the outcome of this summit, and share his views of the current state of the Burundi peace process.

Women, Islam and Human Rights in Africa

September 17, 2003 // 9:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
Speakers: Ayesha Imam, Coordinator, Baobab, Nigeria; Sondra Hale, Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies, UCLA; Mounira Charrad, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Center for Middle East Studies, University of Texas at Austin; and moderated by Mary Osirim, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director, Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy, Bryn Mawr College. This event is co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson Center's Africa Project.

Kenya – From Moi To Kibaki

September 11, 2003 // 10:00am11:00am
Africa Program
An address by U.S. Ambassador Johnnie Carson, who has just returned to the United States following four years as Ambassador to Kenya. One of the Foreign Service’s most distinguished Africanists, Ambassador Carson has played a major role in assisting Kenya through a remarkably successful political transition. His address will focus on this transition – its meaning for Kenya and for Africa, and for American policy. Prior to his most recent Kenyan assignment, Ambassador Carson served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa. He has also served as Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador to Uganda, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Botswana. In the aftermath of the Cold War, Ambassador Carson re-established an American diplomatic mission in Mozambique. In the 1980’s, on leave from the Foreign Service, he served for over four years as Chief of Staff to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa.

Sudan: Last Steps in the Peace Process

September 03, 2003 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
Presentation on The Sudan: Last Steps in the Peace Process, with perspectives from the government of Sudan, represented by Ambassador Khidir H. Ahmed; the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army, represented by Steven Wondu; and the International Crisis Group, represented by John Prendergast, who just returned from Khartoum and Nairobi.The Sudan peace process has reached a critical juncture. Both parties and the international community are facing difficult choices, with the threat of a return to war and an escalation of pressure by the U.S. Congress looming in the background. The speakers explored the dynamics of the peace process as well as the regional and international context in which it is situated.The session will be moderated by Dr. Howard Wolpe, Director of the Africa Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Luncheon: Presentations of Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellowship Recipients

August 04, 2003 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Africa Program
Presentation by the Africa Project’s two current Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellows: J. Tyler Dickovick, Ph.D. candidate at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and D. Grace Davie, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan.

Development and Accountability: The Role of Independent Advisory Groups

July 10, 2003 // 12:00am
Africa Program
Mamadou Lamine Loum, former Prime Minister, Senegal; Jacques Gerin, International Institute for Sustainable Development; Dick De Zeeuw, Netherlands Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment; Abdou El Mazide Ndiaye, African Network for Integrated Development; Jane Guyer, Woodrow Wilson Center; Howard Wolpe, Woodrow Wilson Center

African Oil: Its Strategic Significance, Emerging Issues and American Policy

June 27, 2003 // 9:30am11:00am
Africa Program
At the request of the Corporate Council on Africa, in conjunction with the CCA's Annual United States – Africa Business Summit, the WWIC's Africa Project organized a panel on "African Oil: Issues and Prospects." Moderated by Witney Schneidman, President of Schneidman & Associates, International and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, the panel featured four renowned experts: Ibrahim Gambari, Special Advisor on Africa to the UN Secretary-General; David Gordon, Director of the CIA's Office on Transnational Issues; Ian Gary, Strategic Advisor on Africa to the Catholic Relief Services and co-author of Bottom of the Barrel; and Assistant Secretary for Economics Anthony Wayne. The panel examined the strategic implications of African oil – both for Africa and for the United States – and a host of difficult issues that surround the exploitation of African oil.

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