Zimbabwe: A Post-Election Assessment

April 09, 2008 // 10:00am11:30am
On Wednesday, April 9, the Africa Program hosted a discussion on the recent Zimbabwean elections held on March 29, 2008.

Nationalism and Decolonization in Africa during the Cold War

April 08, 2008 // 4:00pm5:30pm
with Elizabeth Schmidt, Loyola College, Maryland, and Gregory Mann Columbia University.

Gender Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - Causes and Consequences.

April 02, 2008 // 9:30am11:00am
Gender-based violence is perhaps nowhere more prevalent than in the war-torn eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Building Peace in Uganda: Next Steps

March 07, 2008 // 1:00pm2:30pm
On March 7, the Africa Program and the Initiative for Inclusive Security co-hosted a panel with Wilson Center Africa Program Distinguished Scholar Betty Bigombe and Caroline Bunga Idembe, advocacy officer for the Uganda Women's Network (UWONET).

Leprosy and Human Rights

March 06, 2008 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of Nippon Foundation, World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, and Japanese Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by Leprosy

Slavery in Mauritania: An Update

March 04, 2008 // 2:00pm3:30pm
With Boubacar Messaoud, President of SOS Slaves, Mauritania's primary anti-slavery organization Romana Cacchioli, Africa Program Officer, Anti-Slavery InternationalModerator: Akwe Amosu, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society InstituteDiscussant: Ibrahima Dia, Mauritanian Ambassador to the U.S.

The Future of Democracy in South Africa and the Region

January 31, 2008 // 1:00pm2:30pm
With Paul Graham, Executive Director of the Instittue for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA),and Judith February, leader of the political information and monitoring service at IDASA. Moderator: Ambassador Princeton Lyman, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.

A Private Briefing with H.E. Dahir R. Kahin, President of Somaliland

January 16, 2008 // 1:00pm2:30pm
On Wednesday, January 16, the Africa Program at the Wilson Center held a private briefing with H.E. Dahir R. Kahin, President of Somaliland, and selected members of his cabinet.

A Briefing on Burundi

January 16, 2008 // 9:00am1:00pm
On January 16, Fabien Nsengimana, director of the Burundi Leadership Training Program (BLTP), and Africa Program Director Howard Wolpe briefed an audience on current sociopolitical conditions in Burundi and ways the BLTP has helped facilitate the Burundian peace process. Launched by the Africa Program, the BLTP is a major capacity-building initiative that trains leaders from belligerent parties in basic communication, negotiation, and decision-making skills. Nsengimana highlighted the role of leadership training in the Burundian conflict's progression from armed confrontation to eventual democratic elections and partial reconciliation. Participants cautioned the most significant challenge to resolve is transforming the attitudinal changes achieved at the individual leadership level into larger sociopolitical change amongst the population.


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