During his recent visit to the Wilson Center, H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, discussed efforts to pull the country out of a troubled post-conflict era.

Q: Describe the current situation in Burundi and the surrounding region.

Q: Have you been able to build bridges to the opposition parties that removed themselves from elections in 2010?

Q: Describe the value of the Wilson Center’s work in Burundi.

Steve McDonald, director of the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, provides additional commentary.

Q: How far has Burundi come in attempting to move beyond its violent past?

Q: Given the challenges you described, are U.S. and Western expectations for progress in Burundi realistic?

Q: President Nkurunziza was very positive about the Wilson Center’s past role in Burundi. Will the Africa Program continue to offer support?