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Gender Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - Causes and Consequences.

The Wilson Center's Africa Program, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Catholic Relief Services invite you to a program on Gender Based Violence in the DRC: Causes and Consequences. Gender-based violence is perhaps nowhere more prevalent than in the war-torn eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Daily, women's lives are shattered by systematic, brutal rape and other violent atrocities. Please join us for a panel discussion with Kristin Kim Bart, Patricia T. Morris, and Dr. Denis Mukwege.

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.

Killing Neighbors: Social Dimensions of Genocide in Rwanda

A presentation and discussion with Lee Ann Fujii, 2005 Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellow. Her research investigates the social dimension of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in the spring of 1994. Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution moderated the discussion.

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.