Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

A Ray of Hope in Afghanistan

The last few days have produced a series of uplifting, heartwarming scenes in Afghanistan—not a nation where such adjectives are typically applied.

Over the course of a three-day truce declared by the Taliban to mark the Eid holiday, Afghan civilians, troops, and Taliban foot soldiers were seen mingling and enjoying sweets together in cities across the country.

Africa Program Director Monde Muyanga Participates in the Africa Leadership Forum 2017 Follow-Up Event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

On May 17, 2018, Africa Program Director Dr. Monde Muyangwa attended the Africa Leadership Forum, “Africa in the Global Peace and Security Architecture,” organized by the UONGOZI Leadership Institute. Held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, former Presidents H.E. Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, H.E. Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, and H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia gathered with about forty high-level experts and leaders in African peace and security to advance the discussion on Africa’s place in the global security framework.

Dr. Monde Muyangwa Facilitates Panels at the Africa Think Tank Summit in Rabat

From May 9-11, 2018, Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa participated in the 2018 Africa Think Tank Summit, themed “Deepening Expertise and Enhancing Sustainability: Insights into Contemporary Challenges Facing African Think Tanks.” The Summit, held in Rabat, Morocco, was hosted by the OCP Policy Center and the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania. High-level government officials, academics, and private sector leaders from Africa and beyond came together to discuss paths to progress for African think tanks.

2018 Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Conference

The Wilson Center Africa Program in partnership with the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University co-hosted the 2018 Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) Conference from July 16 to 19, 2018 under the theme "National, Regional, and Global Infrastructures for Peace in Africa: Challenges, Prospects, and Opportunities," in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Singapore Statement: Broad, Vague, but 'I'll Take It'

Instead of the grand, historic nuclear deal to end all nuclear deals that President Trump had promised, we got a 360-word statement from Singapore that was broad in scope and vague in wording. But I’ll take it. 

Going into this summit, I was concerned about what President Trump might offer in terms of security assurances in order to nail down a historic deal. My fear was that assurances such as agreeing to withdraw U.S. troops from South Korea would leave that country vulnerable to an untrustworthy North Korea.

A Historic Handshake

There’s no denying it: This was a historic handshake. It’s the first time the leaders of North Korea and the United States — two countries that remain locked in a state of war — have held a summit. 

To see President Trump and Kim Jong Un shaking hands warmly and chatting so easily was both stunning and chilling. It’s a powerful moment that augers a change in the tense relationship between these two countries. But it also legitimizes the path Kim took to get here: Building and testing illicit nuclear weapons that have the potential to wreak unimaginable destruction.