Democratic Transition Events

Waiting for Democracy: Politics of Choice in Natural Resource Decentralization

May 24, 2005 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Almost all of the world's developing countries are decentralizing power, at least half in the natural resource sector. This new World Resource Institute report draws on cases from Africa, Asia, and Latin America to examine the social and ecological effects of these "democratic" decentralizations.

Women's Role in Conflict Prevention and Nonviolent Transformation

February 24, 2005 // 8:00am10:00am
Middle East Program
Opening Remarks: Ambassador Hattie Babbitt, Senior Vice-President, Hunt Alternatives Fund; Johanna Mendelson-Foreman, Senior Program Officer for Peace, Security, and Human Rights, United Nations Foundation.Speakers: Emem Okon, Program Officer, Niger Delta Women for Justice; Sanam Anderlini, former Policy Commission Director, Inclusive Security: Women Waging Peace; Mildred Sandi, President, DP Foundation and member, Southern African Conflict Prevention Network; Alexandra Belandia, former Culture Director, Universidad Santa María.This event is co-sponsored with the Conflict Prevention Project and Africa Program of the Wilson Center, and Inclusive Security: Women Waging Peace.

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.

Rwanda – Reflections on Genocide

April 21, 2004 // 10:30am2:00pm
Africa Program
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.

An Opposition Perspective on Nigeria's Political Evolution

April 07, 2004 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
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.

Democratic Consolidation in Serbia: Pitfalls of the Post-Djindjic Transition

March 10, 2004 // 11:00am12:30pm
Global Europe Program
Lenard Cohen, Professor of Political Science, Research Institute on Southeastern Europe, Simon Fraser University

Sudan: the Peace Process and Beyond

January 12, 2004 // 8:30am10:30am
Africa Program
Moderated by Jok Madut Jok, Sudanese Scholar and Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow. Featuring John Prendergast Special Advisor to the President of International Crisis Group, Gerard Gallucci, US Chargé d'Affaires in Khartoum, and Kate Almquist , Advisor on Policy to USAID Administrator Natsios.

Human Rights and Environmental Activism in Russia: Lessons from the Past and Challenges for the Future

December 01, 2003 // 11:00am12:00pm
Kennan Institute
Ivan Pavlov, Director of the Bellona Environmental Human Rights Center in St. Petersburg and Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at the Kennan Institute, describes the state of the human rights and environmental movements in Russia today.

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

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.

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