Peace talks are underway in South Sudan between rival factions who are under growing pressure from the international community to reach some sort of power sharing agreement or face the threat of new sanctions. Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan, a research scholar with the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, joins WBEZ to discuss.
Africa Program Director Dr. Monde Muyangwa recently participated in the second annual African Leadership Forum hosted by President Mkapa, former President of Tanzania, and coordinated by the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute).
Launched in September 2015, the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum offers a series of forward-leaning programming and research that addresses key economic, business, and development issues in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.
James Schear, a Global Fellow with the Wilson Center's Africa Program and Environmental Change and Security Program, is a former Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense with an expertise in the many security challenges facing the African continent. From Boko Haram to ongoing conflict in South Sudan, there is no shortage of issues. We spoke to Schear about a host of topics and also about the potential represented by the Security Governance Initiative agreed to by the U.S. and six African nations. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
Getachew Gebrekidan has been studying the mediation role of the regional organization, IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) in its attempts to assist in bringing an end to the conflict in South Sudan. He shares his findings and thoughts on the sources of the conflict and what it will take to achieve peace. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
On the day that President Obama announced changes to U.S. hostage policy, a former captive of Somali pirates, journalist Michael Scott Moore, provided personal insight into the ordeal and America’s approach to dealing with ransom demands.
"If not reversed, the Ex-Im Bank’s expiration will hurt U.S. economic relations with Africa, and undermine U.S. credibility in Africa, in three major ways," writes Monde Muyangwa.