About the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity

Since 2005, the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, established at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars by then Director Howard Wolpe, promotes holistic and sustainable approaches to international conflict resolution, prevention and post-conflict recovery. Read more.


The Latest from the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity

Africa's Governance Challenge: Why Clientelism Remains the Greatest Impediment

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March 25, 2014 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Join us for a discussion on the challenge and impediment of clientelism in African politics and peacebuilding. more

Peacebuilding from Below: The Role of Decentralized South-South Cooperation in Africa

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Mar 17, 2014
"The problem of violent conflict and the instability it creates remains a major global preoccupation, owing to the recognition that development can hardly take root in such settings and that conflict-affected states could be breeding grounds for all kinds of international insecurity." more
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Civil Society in Afghanistan: Spark or Stumbling Block for Stability?

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February 25, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
With international troops withdrawing from Afghanistan, Afghan efforts to promote security will increasingly be taking center stage. This event examines the extent to which Afghan nongovernment organizations (NGOs) can help achieve stability. more

Conflict-Sensitive Development for Africa: What Role for Emerging Powers?

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December 03, 2013 // 3:00pm4:30pm
This discussion brought together a distinguished group of panelists who provided insight as to the role of emerging powers in peacebuilding and development efforts in Africa. more

A Lens on Somalia: Security and Development Going Forward

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November 19, 2013 // 9:30am11:30am
It has been just over one year since the Somalia Federal Government took over from the Transitional Federal Government, marking the end of “transition” in Somalia. However, there are still a number of challenges and potential opportunities for Somalia in the near and longer-term future that will require attention if the state is to see stability, and economic and development progress. more

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Experts & Staff

  • Steve McDonald // Senior Advisor, Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity
  • Aly Lyons // Program Associate