Long before it came to the Arab world, spring swept through sub-Saharan Africa. In 1990, Mozambique drafted its first multiparty, democratic constitution. The next year saw multiparty elections in what had been one-party states in Benin, Gabon, and Zambia, as well as the overthrow of Mali’s dictator and, subsequently, the election of new leaders. Every succeeding year brought new steps forward for democracy—in Ghana, Kenya, and the Republic of the Congo in 1992, and elsewhere on the continent in subsequent years. The world only paid attention when South Africa joined the ranks of democratic nations in 1994.
This book review, by Lee. H. Hamilton, of David Hamburg's No More Killing Fields: Preventing Deadly Conflict (December 2003) is available online.
The Trans - Atlantic South Partnership: Positions on Building a Mutually Beneficial Partnership with Africa
It is very simple. Until the U.S. is as optimally invested, or doing business as briskly as the Chinese, the EU, Indians, Brazilians or Vietnamese; the world’s largest economy can neither expand its commercial footprint in Africa nor make a portentous impact on the lives of over a billion Africans.
On a recent visit to Brandeis University and Tufts University's Fletcher School, Howard Wolpe, Director of the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, presented his peacebuilding methodology and theory to two graduate level conflict prevention classes.
This study describes efforts made since 2006 from a Leadership Project and Africa Program-combined initiative, the Initiative for a Cohesive Leadership in the DRC (ILCCE).
This occasional paper launches a series of publications that seek to shed light on "What Really Works In Preventing and Rebuilding Failed States." The first occasional paper is based on a public forum that took place on February 1, 2006, at the Wilson Center, entitled, "Building Civil Society in Post Conflict Environments: From the Micro to the Macro." Michael Lund, Consulting Program Manager to the Leadership Project and Senior Specialist for Conflict and Peacebuilding at Management Systems International Inc. (MSI), moderated the session. The publication was compiled and edited by Georgina Petrosky and Sarah Cussen of the Leadership Project and Project Intern Jaclyn Burger.
U.S. policy toward Africa has been on autopilot for much of the past four years, following a laundry list of good intentions that established priorities for Africa’s well-being and U.S. security interests. However, a truly sustainable and forward-looking U.S. policy toward Africa should refocus attention on Africa’s opportunity as an economic powerhouse of the future, a strategy that combines both domestic self-interest and an opportunity to help Africa move forward.
In this Director's Forum, Nesreen Berwari, Minister for Municipalities and Public Works in Iraq outlined what has been accomplished and what lies ahead in the rebuilding of the nation. In her remarks, Berwari emphasized the critically important role of women in Iraq's transition to democracy and stability.