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.
An exhibition at the Wilson Center from October 23 - November 21, 2003 of 22 color photographs by photojournalist Mary Cross, selected from her book, Morocco: Sahara to the Sea, Abbeyville Press, 1995.
In this address, to be webcast live on September 11 at 10:00 a.m. (ET), former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Johnnie Carson, will discuss the political transition in Kenya and its meaning for American policy.