January 16, 2008 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
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.
January 16, 2008 // 9:00am — 1:00pm
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.
January 10, 2008 // 9:00am — 11:00am
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.
December 06, 2007 // 9:00am — 10:30am
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.
December 06, 2007 // 8:00am — 10:00am
With Karana Olivier, Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy
November 13, 2007 // 9:00am — 10:30am
With Sa'ad Abubakar, the recently chosen Sultan of Sokoto.
November 07, 2007 // 9:30am — 11:00am
With H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, First Vice President of Sudan and President of the Government of Southern Sudan.Moderator: Howard Wolpe, Director of the Africa Program, Wilson Center.
October 19, 2007 // 10:00am — 11:30am
On October 19, 2007, the Africa Program hosted Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, speaking on "The Role of ECOWAS in Achieving the Economic Integration of West Africa." Dr. Chris Fomunyoh, senior associate for Africa and regional director for Central and West Africa at National Democratic Institute (NDI), served as moderator.
October 18, 2007 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
On October 18, 2007, the Africa Program hosted Ambassador John M. Yates, U.S. Special Envoy to Somalia, who identified three crucial American foreign policy objectives there: eliminating the terrorist threat, promoting political stability, and addressing Somali humanitarian needs.
October 11, 2007 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
On October 11, 2007, the Africa Program and the Initiative for Inclusive Security co-sponsored an event entitled "Rekindling Darfur Negotiations: Keys to Success." The discussion was led by Carla Koppell, Director of the Initiative for Inclusive Security and Dr. Robert A. Pastor, Interim Co-Director of The Elders, a group of thirteen world leaders, convened by Nelson Mandela and chaired by Desmond Tutu, dedicated to tackling global crises and issues.