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Fighting to Survive: A Report on Female Former Child Soldiers Living in Rwanda

Heather Baldwin, Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Moderator: Howard Wolpe, Director, Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity.

Ethiopia's Elections and Their Aftermath

Terrence Lyons, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University

Jane Gaffney, Director for East Africa at the U.S. Department of State

Chris Albin-Lackey, Human Rights Watch

Ambassador Kassahun Ayele, Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States

Responding to Africa's Emergencies: New Strategies for Humanitarian Assistance at the United Nations

Kevin Kennedy is Director of the Coordination and Response Division in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. His field experience with the UN includes service in Somalia, Haiti, the Balkans and East Timor as well as numerous missions to Africa and Asia. In 2003, he served as the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq and later as the Officer-in-Charge of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). He most recently served as the acting Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan.

Beyond "Conflict Diamonds:" a New Report on Human Rights and Angolan Diamonds

A Roundtable discussion with Rafael Marques, author of a new human rights report entitled "Lundas, the Stones of Death: Angola's Deadly Diamonds." In this report, Marques and co-author Rui Falcão de Campos examine patterns of human rights abuses linked to the diamond industry in the provinces of Lunda-Norte and Lunda-Sul during the course of the year 2004. The corruption and lawlessness in these diamond-rich provinces both permit routine human rights abuses, and prevent fair distribution of the wealth generated from the lucrative industry.

Film Screening and Discussion: <i>God Sleeps in Rwanda</i>

Kimberlee Acquaro, filmmaker and photojournalist

Norah Bagarinkah, women's rights activist and genocide survivor

Moderators: Howard Wolpe, Director of the Africa Program and Louise Lieff, Deputy Director of the International Reporting Project

Book Launch -- <i>A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa</i>

A Continent for the TakingHoward French, author and New York Times journalist

Discussant: Gayle Smith, former senior director for African Affairs at the National Security Council

Moderator: Howard Wolpe, Director, Africa Program

Confronting Ethnic Conflict in Africa: Towards a Theoretical Framework of the Conditions for Successful Third Party Intervention

On July 7th, Jennifer De Maio a PhD candidate at UCLA and an Africanist Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center presented on a chapter from her dissertation, Confronting Ethnic Conflict Towards an Analytical Framework of the Conditions for Successful Third Party Intervention. Ms. De Maio's dissertation aims to critically assess the role of third party intervention in managing selected ethnic conflicts in Africa and to develop a response oriented framework for such intervention.

The International Response to the Rwandan Genocide &#8211; a Failure of Humanity

"Are all humans human or are some humans more human than others?" General Dallaire began his speech by posing this provocative, haunting question. He followed on with the point and question: In the context of the fact that 80 percent of humanity is living in absolute poverty with no hope and no dignity, can we say that humanity is advancing? Dallaire answers this second question with an unqualified No.

The Crisis in Darfur

The crisis in Darfur is one of the most forgotten and neglected humanitarian crises in the world. Over the past several weeks, some 750,000 people have been forced from their homes and villages; tens of thousands have fled into neighboring Chad; and thousands of others have perished in the fighting. At least one UN official has characterized what is happening in Darfur as "ethnic cleansing." Mr.

Kenya after Moi

In a roundtable cosponsored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, renowned Kenyan human rights advocate, Dr. Gibson Kamau Kuria, spoke about the evolution of Kenyan democracy and the country’s human rights environment. Gibson focused on the problems of the newly installed Kibaki government in changing the face of Kenyan politics after the end of the Moi regime.