Democracy Promotion Events

Progress Building Democracy in Nigeria

May 02, 2005 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
A Director's Forum with His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The full text of the speech is available for download. Watch a video of the vice president's presentation.

Election Observation Missions - Making Them Count

April 29, 2005 // 8:15am1:15pm
Africa Program
This conference examined recent history and trends in elections observation around the world, including steps for the future, with experts on elections in Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union in order to develop a practice of effective follow-up on the recommendations of election observation missions.

Zimbabwe at a Crossroads: Civil Society and the Future of Constitutional Reform

January 27, 2005 // 9:00am10:30am
Africa Program
A forum with Zimbabwean political activist Lovemore Madhuku. Dr. Madhuku is the founder and President of the National Constitutional Assembly, a non-governmental organization that advocates constitutional reforms in Zimbabwe. He will discuss recent political developments in Zimbabwe and the future of the constitutional reform movement, especially in light of new regulations on NGOs and the upcoming parliamentary elections. After this event, Dr. Madhuku gave an interview to the Wilson Center's Dialogue television program.

Book Launch – Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya

January 26, 2005 // 9:00am10:30am
Africa Program
A book launch with Caroline Elkins, assistant professor of history at Harvard University and author of the recently published, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya. Caroline Elkins will be joined by discussant David Throup, Senior Associate and co-chair of the Kenya Roundtable at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Sudan: The Current Situation and the Way Forward

December 17, 2004 // 1:30pm3:00pm
Africa Program
A Director's Forum with Jan Pronk, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Sudan. At this briefing, Special Representative Pronk outlined his vision of the long-term role of the United Nations in promoting enduring peace and stability in Sudan, and provide an update of UN activities in the country. Streaming video of this event is also available.
Webcast

Book Launch--Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy

December 09, 2004 // 2:30pm4:30pm
Asia Program
Eric Bjornlund, Democracy International; Commentator: Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Video of this event is available here.

The Road to Peace in Liberia: Citizen Views on Transitional Justice

November 10, 2004 // 8:00am9:30am
Africa Program
A discussion with John Moreira of Greenberg Quinlan Research and Tornorlah Varpilah of the Transitional Justice Working Group. They discussed the results of a national survey and of twelve focus groups organized in Liberia, which explored the public's attitudes about justice and reconciliation after thirteen years of armed conflict and horrible atrocities. The first of its kind in Liberia, this public opinion project sought to ascertain how the Liberian public believes abuses committed during the war should be addressed. A powerpoint summary of the findings and background information are available for download. After the presentation, Moreira and Varpilah were interviewed by the Wilson Center's Dialogue program.

Film Screening and Discussion: God Sleeps in Rwanda

November 09, 2004 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Africa Program
A screening of God Sleeps in Rwanda by Kimberlee Acquaro and Stacy Sherman, which traces the impact of the 1994 Rwandan genocide on the lives of the women who survived it. Discussion followed with filmmaker Kimberlee Acquaro and Norah Bagarinkah, genocide survivor and activist. An online exhibit of Ms. Acquaro's photographs can be viewed via the Holocaust Museum website.

Peacekeeping and Security Issues in West Africa: A West African Perspective

October 27, 2004 // 9:00am10:30am
Africa Program
A discussion with four star general Lamine Cissé, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Senegal and current representative of the UN Secretary General to the Central Africa Region. General Cissé discussed the long-term challenges of regional insecurity in West Africa, and the role of regional actors in peacekeeping and stabilization operations. Ambassador Dane F. Smith, former U.S. Ambassador to Senegal, served as moderator. The full text of General Cissé's remarks is available for download.

Liberia: An Update on Peacekeeping and Reconstruction

June 17, 2004 // 9:00am10:30am
Africa Program
A briefing with UN Under-Secretary-General Jacques Paul Klein, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Liberia. Mr. Klein reported on recent developments in Liberia, and discussed the principal challenges faced by the United Nations mission in assisting Liberia's post-war reconstruction.

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