The Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity's 2012 "Year in Review"
A summary of the Africa Program and Leadership Project events, meetings, and publications of 2012 and the upcoming highlights of 2013.
U.S. policy is dictated by global political and economic realities as well as domestic U.S. policy priorities. Not only is President Obama faced with the stark reality of an America perceived by many to have lost its moral compass in an increasingly multi-polar world where American power and resource capacities are dwindling and its leadership role being challenged, but the priorities of policy and resource allocation must remain for the short and near-terms on the domestic economic crisis, the two unpopular wars he has inherited and traditional national interest priorities. In the realm of foreign affairs, this means that Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Japan and China will continue to be the highest priorities and, as the developing world intersects with those policy priorities, it will be mostly in the form of India, Brazil, and, perhaps, South Africa.
Howard Wolpe , Director of the Africa Program and Leadership Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, speaks with Bridget Conley-Zilkic about the a post conflict training program he has instituted in Burundi, and plans to continue with in Congo and Liberia. By working with both political leaders and civil society, Howard believes this program will create lasting peace and stability in areas of past and current conflict.
A conference focusing on the role of women in conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction in comparative perspective. Case studies include: Zimbabwe, Burundi, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan and Indonesia.
"The problem of violent conflict and the instability it creates remains a major global preoccupation, owing to the recognition that development can hardly take root in such settings and that conflict-affected states could be breeding grounds for all kinds of international insecurity."
Professor René Lemarchand gives an in depth analysis of and update on the situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, reflecting on a three-week trip through three areas in the east: Uvira, Bukavu and Goma.