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Liberia in Transition: A Discussion With the UN Panel on Liberia

On December 12th, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Africa Program joined the Open Society Institute in sponsoring an event to discuss the destabilizing impact of conflict during the 90s and the early years of this decade on Liberia. Members of the UN Panel of Experts on Liberia discussed the impact of Liberia's resources on West Africa's wars, how effective sanctions were in shutting down the conflicts and whether it is time to restore control of the country's natural wealth to the newly elected national government.

How Swaziland's Governance Model and AIDS Crisis Intersect

On December 5th, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Africa Program hosted an event on the recent developments in Swaziland co-sponsored by the Open Society Institute. A panel of four experts discussed a wide range of social and economic challenges currently facing Swaziland including its economic growth, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, and the government's handling of opposition parties.

The Changing Face of African Unity: Finding Solutions in Darfur and Beyond

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H.E. Salim A. Salim, former Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity

Reform, Accountability, and the Future of Nigerian Federalism (VIDEO)

Orji Uzor Kalu, Governor of Abia State, Nigeria and 2007 presidential candidate

Moderator: Howard Wolpe, Director, WWICS Africa Program

In anticipation of the 2007 general elections in Nigeria, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Africa Program hosted presidential candidate Orji Uzor Kalu, governor of the state of Abia in Nigeria. Kalu discussed Nigeria's historical, social, and political legacies, offered a critique of the current Nigerian government, and presented his vision for Nigeria if elected president.

Uganda: An African "Success" Past its Prime?

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A roundtable discussion on Uganda's political evolution with Joel Barkan, Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa and Johnnie Carson, Senior Vice-President of the National Defense University. The Program, "Uganda: An African ‘Success' Past its Prime?" addressed the mounting controversy, both inside and outside of Uganda, about the country's long-term political and economic prospects.

Progress Building Democracy in Nigeria

The video of this presentation, and full text of the Vice President's remarks are available by following the links at the righthand side of this screen.

His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, Vice President of Nigeria

Moderator: Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Senior Vice President, National Defense University

Election Observation Missions - Making Them Count

You are cordially invited to a conference on recent history and trends in election observation around the world. This public meeting will convene experts on elections in Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union in order to review cases and recommend ways to maximize the effect of electoral observation missions.

Election Observation Missions: Making Them Count

A Leading Social and Political Activist Reflects on the New South Africa

A full summary and transcript of Ms. DeLille's comments will be posted shortly.

Sudan: The Current Situation and the Way Forward

Jan Pronk, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Sudan

Moderator: Howard Wolpe, Director of the Africa Program

Peace-Building in Africa's Great Lakes Region

Peace making and peace building are terms that are often confused and Haile Menkerios opened the discussion by differentiating between these two terms as they apply to the peace processes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and neighboring countries of the Great Lakes region. Menkerios said peace making is a process that takes place before peace is declared; it is negotiation. Peace building, according to Menkerios, takes place after an agreement has been signed and peace is officially declared.