About the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity

Since 2005, the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, established at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars by then Director Howard Wolpe, promotes holistic and sustainable approaches to international conflict resolution, prevention and post-conflict recovery. Read more.

The Latest from the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity

Fragile Island of Peace

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Jul 31, 2013
A documentary trailer that explains the transformative peacebuilding process Burundi’s leaders went through that changed them and their nation — how it happened, what worked, what lessons can we learn from it. more

Analysis: Obama in Africa

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Jul 15, 2013
On his 3-nation, 5-day visit to Africa, U.S. President Barack Obama, undoubtedly, re-energized the U.S. – Africa commercial relationship. Unlike past visits by American leaders, Obama neither dwelled on HIV/AIDS, political instability nor the inadequacy of governance. Instead, trade and investment were front and center; economic challenges were addressed. more

The Trans - Atlantic South Partnership: Positions on Building a Mutually Beneficial Partnership with Africa

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May 21, 2013
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. more

Why Economic Partnership Agreements Undermine Africa's Regional Integration

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May 03, 2013
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. more

The Search for Antiseptic War: The Prospects and Perils of Drones for the United States, the Sahel and Beyond

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Apr 19, 2013
The U.S. Government has made clear that stabilization missions requiring deployment of large numbers of personnel—military and civilian—are not on the agenda for the foreseeable future. Not only budget constraints but also sobering experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced a strategic shift. more