After a bloody civil war, Liberians avidly embraced the prospect of elections. There were, however, real and serious questions about Liberian attitudes toward democracy and their sense of national community. To gauge those sentiments, Liberia's first political poll was commissioned. The positive and hopeful expressions of the polls Liberian participants are presented in this program.
Ugandan, Nigerian and Senegalese scholars will talk about the next generation of developing world leaders on the Wilson Center's award-winning television series this week, as part of a panel of five recent recipients of Ford Foundation fellowships.
Beginning November 17th, Dialogue Television viewers can tune in to a discussion with two prominent female peacebuilders, Durria Mansour El Hussein, current deputy chair of the Sudanese women's empowerment for peace network and Sandra Opoka, a board member of the Sudanese women's empowerment for peace network. Viewers outside the Washington, DC area can tune in via webcast.
Since its independence in 1962, the small central Africa nation of Burundi has been home to one of the world's most intractable and deadly conflicts, with over 300,000 killed and one-and-a-half million displaced. In this paper, Africa Program Director Howard Wolpe reports on a novel capacity-building initiative designed to restore the ability of Burundian leaders to collaborate effectively in advancing the country's reconstruction and securing a sustainable peace.
"The key to breaking the cycle of violence and hate is finding what makes us all human," writes Africa Program Associate Nicole Rumeau. "The Burundi Leadership Training Program has helped Burundians do just that."
Between April and July 1994, the Rwandan genocide saw the slaughter of close to one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus while the world stood by, unwilling to intervene. This spring, ten years later, the Wilson Center, along with several other organizations, held a series of events to not only remember, but to assess the lessons learned from that tragedy. Shown here is Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, speaking about the steps his nation has taken to rebuild and reconcile.
Throughout the months of March, April, and May, a series of commemorative events will be held in the Washington, DC area to mark the 10 year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
On Thursday, February 12, Ambassador William Swing, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the head of the UN Observer Mission to the DRC will give a briefing on the peace process. This event will be webcast live at 12:30 p.m. (ET).
On Monday, January 12 beginning at 9:30 a.m. (ET) tune in to a webcast where leading experts on Sudan will discuss the ongoing peace process. Panelists include Gerard M Gallucci, US Chargé d'Affaires, Khartoum; John Prendergast, Special Advisor to the President, International Crisis Group; and Kate Almquist, Advisor on Policy to USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios.
Africa Program Director Howard Wolpe describes the political opening that led to the creation of the Burundi Leadership Training Program and some of the challenges that remain for Burundian leaders.