It was a life-long love between Howard and Africa, on both sides. I worked closely with Howard in the 1980s during the fight to pass the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act and to move South Africa to a just future, helping put him in touch with South African leaders inside and outside the country.
The condition of Iraq's women is a litmus test of the country's movement towards civil rights and democratic governance. Anita Sharma, director of the Wilson Center's Conflict Prevention Project who spent ten months in Iraq and Jordan in 2003-04, charts the paths and pitfalls of Iraqi women's difficult journey.
The paper gives a valuable update on current events, including the ongoing conflicts in Abyei, South Kordofan, and the Nuba Mountains, the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), North and South conflicts on oil revenue, and internal political rivalry and governance issues.
OSI Distinguished African Fellow, Nureldin Satti, former UNESCO representative to Africa and former Deputy Assistant Special Representative to the Secretary General in Burundi, gave a speech at the Library of Congress on "UNESCO's Role in Building Bridges to Cultural Peace".To watch the speech, please click here.
Africa and Twenty-First Century Development Challenges: The North-South Development Agenda Reconsidered
There is much debate today about North versus South development schemes and frameworks. What is effective? What works best in which context?
From July 8–10, 2005, the Wilson Center's Leadership Project, in partnership with the Peacebuilding and Development Institute (PDI) of American University, Conflict Management Partners (CMPartners) and ESSEC's Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation in Europe(IRENE), held its first domestic training workshop, "Leadership and Building State Capacity: Combining the Skills of Diplomats and Trainers." This three-day workshop was held at American University in Washington, DC, and was funded by the United States Agency for International Development's Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (USAID/CMM).
This paper is specifically about providing suggestions for positions the AU can take vis-a-vis the European Union’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Central is an urgent call for member states to give the AU latitude to ensure that the conclusion of EPAs with the EU is postponed until, at least, the next decade. Simply: If the EU successfully foists EPAs on a critical number of member states through unilateral threats to prematurely withdraw or limit preferential treatment, the negative consequences will be devastating not only to Africa but to many trading partners.