Democracy Promotion Events
April 21, 2004 // 10:30am — 2:00pm
A Director's Forum with His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda. Video and a transcript of the President's address are available here.
April 07, 2004 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Major General Muhammadu Buhari, a former Nigerian Head of State and President Obasanjo's principal opponent in Nigeria's 2003 presidential election, is currently leading the legal challenge to the conduct and outcome of that election. A ruling in his case, now drawing to a close before the Court of Appeal in Abuja, is expected by the end of March, and will thereafter be appealed to the Supreme Court by whichever side loses.
April 05, 2004 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
A panel discussion on "Post-War Angola: Trends and Prospects," featuring Raphael Marquez, a journalist and human rights activist; head of the Open Society Institute in Luanda, Professor Gerald Bender, one of America's most distinguished experts on Angola; and Evaristo Jose, Press Secretary for the Embassy of Angola.
January 26, 2004 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Please check back for the rescheduled date. A program on "Untangling West African Conflicts," featuring Youseff Mahmoud, the Director of the Africa II Division of the UN Department of Political Affairs. One of the UN's most knowledgeable and experienced diplomats, over the last six years Mr. Mahmoud has been directly involved in initiating or implementing a number of conflict prevention, peacemaking and peace building activities in Central and West Africa. His appearance at the Woodrow Wilson International Center will provide an opportunity to take stock of recent developments and the UN response in such conflict-plagued states as Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast.
October 17, 2003 // 9:00am — 10:30pm
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.
October 09, 2003 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
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.
September 11, 2003 // 10:00am — 11:00am
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.
September 03, 2003 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
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.
June 24, 2003 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Comments delivered by His Excellency Pierre Buyoya, former President of Burundi on the current state of the Burundi Peace Process. He discussed both the challenges and opportunities facing the nation, as it seeks to emerge from nearly a decade of civil conflict.
May 06, 2003 // 9:00am — 10:30am
A South African Perspective on Zimbabwe and Southern Africa, presented by Peter Soal, the Chairman of the South Africa Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch.