Burundi and the Struggle for Growth and Stability


Oct 07, 2011
H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi

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?

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