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New Evidence on the Congo Crisis and Aftermath, 1960-1968

The workshop, The Congo Crisis and its Aftermath, 1964-1968, will bring together scholars and declassification experts to review the state of the Foreign Relations of the United States series, edited by the Department of State, in particular the newly published Volume XXIII, Congo. The volume consists of two sections. The first part of the volume, covering 1960 to 1963, documents the chaotic nature of the Congo crisis and the pervasive influence of U.S. Government covert actions in the newly independent nation.

2013 Elections Guide

The 2013 Elections Guide is a new initiative launched by the Wilson Center’s Africa Program with the aim of keeping you informed of all national elections taking place in Africa. Through research, analysis, and election data, the Elections Guide is a resource for anyone interested and presents key information in a comprehensive and objective way.

Conference Report: African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation

On May 1, 2013, the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity (Leadership Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) sought to highlight some of the exciting developments by women and youth in Africa utilizing technology and social innovations to tackle every day issues.

Battleground Africa: Cold War in the Congo, 1960–1965

Battleground Africa traces the Congo Crisis from post–World War II decolonization efforts through Mobutu’s second coup in 1965 from a radically new vantage point. Drawing on materials from recently opened archives in Russia and the United States, and to a lesser extent Germany and Belgium, Namikas addresses the crisis from the perspectives of the two superpowers and explains with superb clarity the complex web of allies, clients, and neutral states influencing U.S.-Soviet competition.

Analysis: Obama in Africa

The zeitgeist of this Obama Trip was a logical next step for activities begun towards the close of 2012. Like Obama emphasized, Africa is open for business, and the U.S. - Africa relationship benefits both partners. Here, the African countries themselves must do more to make their countries attractive to the U.S. private sector through branding and other media activities.

Going Beyond AGOA: Ideas for a Trans-Atlantic Partnership with Africa

This is an ambitious but realistic & practical way to enhance AGOA by not just ensuring prompt and seamless renewal of U.S. market access provisions for African imports, but also promoting a level playing field for U.S. investment in Africa and encouraging American participation in sub Saharan Africa’s regional infrastructural development.

A Briefing by The Honorable Raila A. Odinga: African Achievements and Challenges: Learning from the Past but Looking Forward

I dream of continent that will long have consigned poverty to history. It will have a youthful, skilled and healthy population, and will serve as a granary, factory floor and supplier to the world. It will be a continent that has made the 21st century its own, and whose key development indicators match global standards. The Honorable Raila Odinga

Fifty Years of the African Union

Women as Agents of Change: Traditional Practices and Community-Based Social Change in Ethiopia

“If there is one thing to take away from this, it’s that women must gain their personhood.” Bogaletch Gebre

Catalyzing Change

“[Gebre’s] remarkable model, based on community trust and dialogue, is one from which we can draw many lessons,” said Sharon Weiner, Acting Ambassador at Large, Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. Gebre, winner of the 2013 King Baudouin African Development Prize, has been recognized for her efforts in stopping female genital 

The Trans - Atlantic South Partnership: Positions on Building a Mutually Beneficial Partnership with Africa

The U.S. has a major challenge on its hands: If the country does not come up with a well coordinated and timely strategy to ride Africa’s economic wave, not only will entities like China and the European Union continue to chip away at America’s strategic interests, the private sector will continue to sit on what a January 2013 Wall Street Journal article estimated to be USD $ 1.7 trillion in cash.