Steven Mcdonald, Consulting Program Director with the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity and Consulting Program Manager of the Africa Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center

 

Ending warfare in the developing world and establishing democracy has proven to be a difficult task. Holding "free and fair" elections is essential to building stability but much more is required for sustained peace. Participants must learn to trust one another and to view political power as something that must be shared. The key is for former antagonists to see each other as equals and to build human relationships that will sustain a peaceful future. Steven McDonald explains how his remarkable work with the Burundi project is accomplishing this goal.