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Issue 22: Coffee and Community: Combining Agribusiness and Health in Rwanda

Rwanda, "the land of a thousand hills," is also the land of 10 million people, making it the most densely populated country in Africa. In issue 22 of ESCP's FOCUS series, author Irene Kitzantides describes the SPREAD Project's integration of agribusiness development with community health care and education, including family planning. She outlines the project's successes and challenges in its efforts to simultaneously improve both the lives and livelihoods of coffee farmers and their families.


About the Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Institute was co-founded in 1974 as a joint initiative of Ambassador George F. Kennan, then Wilson Center Director James Billington, and historian S. Frederick Starr. The Institute was named in honor of Ambassador Kennan's relative, George Kennan "the Elder" (1845-1924), a nineteenth-century explorer of Russia and Siberia.

Democracy: Belarus and the Accidental Activist

Anatoli Mikhailov, rector of the European Humanities University and recipient of the 2007 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture award


There were high hopes for Belarus when the Soviet Union dissolved. But Alexander Lukashenko soon began to reinstate authoritarian rule. He saw the country's universities as dangerous threats. Special pressure was brought upon the European Humanities University and it was forced into exile in 2004. Anatoli Mikhailov, the university's rector, describes how EHU continues to represent free speech and democracy even in exile.