Democracy Publications

308. Framing the Gap between International and Local Perspectives on Addressing Organized Crime and Corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jul 07, 2011
December 2004 - A careful look at the nature of the ongoing discussions about organized crime and corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) between internationals and locals forces the observer to ask why there appears to be such a marked difference between the ways each side describes and understands the problems. The international community (IC) talks about BiH's organized crime and corruption problems in terms of institutional weakness and failure. International approaches separate organized crime and corruption from larger society as illicit, parasitic predators on an otherwise democratic state. In response, the international community conceives aggressive institutional solutions, which appear ineffective and land on deaf ears in the local communities affected by them. Local professionals—opinion makers, legal personnel, and business persons—describe the problems in terms of their connectedness to larger structural issues. They talk about how organized crime and corruption are part of a broader set of social, political and economic circumstances, in which the international community is a part. In the course of interviewing 266 local professionals, I discovered some important characteristics of the shape and scope of this discontinuity. The following is a short discussion about these findings. more

Two Views on the Crisis in Sudan

Jul 07, 2011
Sudan faces multiple crises. The CPA, which ended the southern conflict, has not been fully implemented. International support has been patchy. Demarcation of the North/South border has again been postponed. Preparations for the southern and Abyei referenda, due to be held in January, are well behind schedule, as are the popular consultations in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, where state elections have been put off until November. Inter-tribal conflict troubles the South. more

Follow-up on the Kivu Peace Conference

Jul 07, 2011
L’Initiative pour un Leadership Cohésif a organisé du 28 janvier au 2 février 2008 une retraite formative avec les parties signataires de l’Acte d’engagement de Goma signé la semaine précédente (les parties absentes ont été les autorités centrales civiles et militaires. Par ailleurs, les FRF ont été matériellement empêchés de revenir à temps des Hauts Plateaux). Assistaient également les présidents des sociétés civiles et des structures de coordination de chefferie coutumière des deux provinces. more

Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy

Jul 07, 2011
Beyond Free and Fair Elections: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy draws on worldwide experience since the mid-1980s to evaluate international election monitoring and domestic monitoring, and their contributions to democracy promotion and democratic change. In this book, Eric Bjornlund provides an overview of what election monitoring is, where it comes from, and how it is currently conducted, and he educes general lessons for democracy promotion. Björnlund reports on actual practice, including case studies of particular election monitoring efforts and the author's own experience in the field, and on a few previous efforts to synthesize guidelines and lessons learned.More about this title can be found on the Wilson Center Press website. more

Nouvelles du BLTP No. 5

Jul 07, 2011
Summary of BLTP activities and projects, including follow on police trainings, more information on the Mbuye project, and a new leadership structure within the BLTP, French only. Published in June, 2005. more

Opportunities and Constraints for the Disarmament and Repatriation of Foreign Armed Groups in the DRC

Jul 07, 2011
On September 13, Hans Romkema of Conflict and Transition Consultancies (CTC) presented at the Wilson Center, his report on opportunities and constraints for the disarmament and repatriation (D&R) of foreign armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). more

Resolving the Three-Headed War from Hell: Seizing an Opportunity for Peace in Southern Sudan, Northern Uganda and Darfur

Jul 07, 2011
In the third of the Africa Program Occasional Paper Series, noted Africa expert John Prendergast analyzes the interrelated crises plaguing Sudan and Uganda, and assesses what would be necessary to bring peace to the troubled region. more

Report on Nganda I Workshop

Jul 07, 2011
In response to the invitation of diplomats and the encouragement of a cross-section of Congolese leaders, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in partnership with ESSEC’s Institute on Research and Negotiations in Europe (IRENE), has launched a two-year leadership training initiative in the DRC. more

Strategies for Promoting Gender Equity in Developing Countries: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities

Jul 07, 2011
Strategies for Promoting Gender Equity in Developing Countries: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities examines both old and new strategies for promoting gender equity in development. As such, it draws upon expert scholars and practitioners to analyze individual cases from throughout the developing world. It also aims to identify policy options and suggestions for moving the current debate forward. This publication is a product of a conference co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Inter-American Foundation. more

Security Sector Workshop/FARDC North Kivu

Jul 07, 2011
Du lundi 25 au vendredi 29 juin 2007 s’est tenu un Atelier « Leadership Cohésif » rassemblant la quasi-totalité des officiers congolais actuellement les plus influents dans le périmètre de la 8ème Région militaire de RDC au Nord-Kivu. Les quelque 50 officiers, souvent opposés jusque-là sur le champ de bataille ou séparés par des années de méfiance mutuelle, se sont retrouvés pour cinq jours de proximité, de face-à-face et de simulation de crises et de décisions collectives à prendre dans l’intérêt d’une nation et de ses habitants. more

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