November 10, 2004 // 8:00am — 9:30am
A discussion with John Moreira of Greenberg Quinlan Research and Tornorlah Varpilah of the Transitional Justice Working Group. They discussed the results of a national survey and of twelve focus groups organized in Liberia, which explored the public's attitudes about justice and reconciliation after thirteen years of armed conflict and horrible atrocities. The first of its kind in Liberia, this public opinion project sought to ascertain how the Liberian public believes abuses committed during the war should be addressed. A powerpoint summary of the findings and background information are available for download. After the presentation, Moreira and Varpilah were interviewed by the Wilson Center's Dialogue program.
November 09, 2004 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
A screening of God Sleeps in Rwanda by Kimberlee Acquaro and Stacy Sherman, which traces the impact of the 1994 Rwandan genocide on the lives of the women who survived it. Discussion followed with filmmaker Kimberlee Acquaro and Norah Bagarinkah, genocide survivor and activist. An online exhibit of Ms. Acquaro's photographs can be viewed via the Holocaust Museum website.
November 04, 2004 // 11:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
At the third meeting in the Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health series, Dr. Gruenbaum discusses community-based efforts to change attitudes toward female genital cutting in Sudan, and Dr. Inhorn focuses on the impact of Islamic teachings on the spread of infertility technologies.
October 27, 2004 // 9:00am — 10:30am
A discussion with four star general Lamine Cissé, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Senegal and current representative of the UN Secretary General to the Central Africa Region. General Cissé discussed the long-term challenges of regional insecurity in West Africa, and the role of regional actors in peacekeeping and stabilization operations. Ambassador Dane F. Smith, former U.S. Ambassador to Senegal, served as moderator. The full text of General Cissé's remarks is available for download.
October 21, 2004 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The PBS series Wide Angle, which seeks to reveal the "humanity behind the headlines," sent award-winning filmmakers Micah Fink and Andrew Young to Angola to look behind the HIV/AIDS pandemic and examine the role of the military in fighting this health crisis.
October 06, 2004 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
A roundtable discussion with Witney Schneidman, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the Clinton Administration and author of Engaging Africa: Washington and the Fall of Portugal's Colonial Empire. Schneidman's book was recently characterized in Foreign Affairs as "a must-read for anyone interested in decolonization or Cold War diplomacy," and "the definitive diplomatic history of U.S.-Portuguese relations in the 1960s and 1970s, in the context of Portugal's 1974 revolution and the end of its African empire."
October 05, 2004 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
A Roundtable discussion with Douglas Farah, an award-winning investigative journalist for the Washington Post. Mr. Farah discussed his recently published book, Blood From Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror, a book which Gen. Barry McCaffrey, professor of National Security Studies at West Point calls "required reading for the thousands of U.S. and Allied law enforcement and intelligence officers prosecuting the global war on terror."
September 24, 2004 // 3:30pm — 4:30pm
A discussion with Lual Deng, advisor to the Economic Commission of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement, on "Challenges of Post-Conflict Economic Recovery and Reconstruction in the Sudan." His presentation will highlight the opportunities for economic growth in Southern Sudan, as well as prospects for international investment, "wealth sharing" arrangements and the economic impact of the ongoing peace negotiations. The full text of Deng's paper is available for download.
September 21, 2004 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
A roundtable discussion with Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, on the North American launch of her recent book A Human Being Died that Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness, which won the Alan Paton Prize, the top literary honor in South Africa.
August 05, 2004 // 9:30am — 11:00am
A Roundtable discussion with Howard French, distinguished New York Times journalist and author of the recently published book A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa. Historian Louis Gates, Jr. has described French's book as "A brilliant and nuanced meditation on the complexities of contemporary Africa. Essential reading for those of us who love Africa and for all those who wish to gain a fuller understanding of a continent that is sprawling, mysterious, and endlessly fascinating."