Trade and Development Events

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.

Assessing the Millennium Challenge Corporation

March 02, 2004 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In 2002, President Bush proposed a new initiative on foreign aid - the Millennium Challenge Account. Experts outline the initiative's principles and the challenges facing the newly-formed corporation.

Post-Cancun Assessment by Canada: Trade Policy Challenges for North America -- a roundtable discussion --

October 28, 2003 // 3:30pm4:30pm
Canada Institute
Canada's Deputy Minister for International Trade Len Edwards discussed trade policy challenges including the state of WTO negotiations in the post-Cancun environment, ongoing efforts to negotiate a Free Trade Area of the Americas, and the rise of regional trade initiatives.

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.

A Land on Fire: The Environmental Consequences of the Southeast Asian Boom

July 10, 2003 // 12:00am
China Environment Forum
James David Fahn reveals the dark side of prosperity in Southeast Asia generally, and Thailand specifically. He offers sometimes amusing, but more often disturbing, vignettes that chronicle environmental degradation in Southeast Asia.

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.

Dinner Honoring His Excellency, Festus Mogae, President of the Republic of Botswana

June 26, 2003 // 7:00pm10:00pm
Africa Program
This Dinner was held in honor of President Mogae in conjunction with the Corporate Council for Africa's Africa - US Business Summit.

Diaspora Communities: Influencing U.S. Foreign Policy

June 23, 2003 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity
Thomas Ambrosio, Assistant Professor of Political Science, North Dakota State University;Yossi Shain, Professor of Comparative Government and Diaspora Politics, Georgetown University

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