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.

Kenya: A Post-Election Assessment

January 10, 2008 // 9:00am11:00am
With Joel Barkan, Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard University, Maina Kiai, Chairman of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Stephen Ndegwa, Visiting Scholar, UCLA Globalization Research Center - Africa. The event was moderated by Ambassador Johnnie Carson, National Intelligence Officer for Africa at the National Intelligence Council.

Book Launch -- Through the Darkness: A Life in Zimbabwe

December 06, 2007 // 9:00am10:30am
On December 6, 2007, the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a book launch for Judith Todd's book entitled "Through the Darkness: A Life in Zimbabwe." The moderator for this event was Ambassador Robert V. Keeley, who served as ambassador to Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1984.

All is Not Quiet in the Western DRC

December 06, 2007 // 8:00am10:00am
With Karana Olivier, Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy

Muslim-Christian Relations in Nigeria

November 13, 2007 // 9:00am10:30am
With Sa'ad Abubakar, the recently chosen Sultan of Sokoto.


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