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Africa in Transition: The Role of Women in Peace and Security

The prosperity of a nation cannot be divorced from the prosperity of its women. In sub-Saharan Africa, demographic trends, including rapid population growth and urbanization, ethnic tensions, and environmental degradation and climate change represent some of the compound security risks facing the region. A multisector and integrated approach that is inclusive of women is a precondition to curbing the underlying trends influencing instability in the region. When women are involved in security decision-making, the likelihood for conflict decreases, and peace negotiations last longer.  

Africa-China Relations: Causes of Tension and Possible Peace Pathways—A Case Study of Zambia

Please join the Wilson Center Africa Program for a discussion on “Africa-China Relations: Causes of Tension and Possible Peace Pathways—A Case Study of Zambia” on Wednesday, October 16 from 10:30 am-12:00 pm in the Wilson Center’s 6th Floor Auditorium.

How the Carter Administration Pursued Non-Proliferation Policies: A View from Apartheid South Africa

Records of meetings between diplomats and officials from South Africa and the US from November 1978—obtained from the Archive of Contemporary Affairs in Bloemfontein and now available on DigitalArchive.org—shed light on how the Carter Administration tr

25 Years of Democracy in South Africa

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Zintle Koza, a visiting fellow with the Wilson Center’s Africa program.  She describes South Africa’s current political and economic landscape twenty-five years after democracy was established. Koza also analyzes the results of the recent general election and expectations for President Ramaphosa’s first full term. 

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Africa in Transition | Investing in Youth for Economic Prosperity

“African countries are not in the middle of one transition, they are in the midst of several transitions,” said Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Professor and Chair of the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, at a recent Wilson Center event on demographic trends on the continent, and investing in youth to ensure economic prosperity. “All of these transitions are an opportunity for prosperity, an opportunity for growth, an opportunity to build human capital,” said Eloundou-Enyugue.

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