Africa Events

Liberia: An Update on Peacekeeping and Reconstruction

June 17, 2004 // 9:00am10:30am
Africa Program
A briefing with UN Under-Secretary-General Jacques Paul Klein, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Liberia. Mr. Klein reported on recent developments in Liberia, and discussed the principal challenges faced by the United Nations mission in assisting Liberia's post-war reconstruction.

Religious Institutions: Creating a Culture of Nonviolence in Burundi

June 04, 2004 // 10:00am12:30pm
Africa Program
With: Bishop Jean Ntagwarara, President of the Burundi Catholic Bishops Conference; Eugène Nindorera, Senior Consultant of the Burundi Leadership Training Program; Moderator: Nicole Rumeau, Program Associate, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Responsibility to Protect – The Capacity to Prevent and the Capacity to Intervene

May 05, 2004 // 1:00pm5:00pm
Africa Program
The Africa Program and the Conflict Prevention Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center join with the Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in inviting you to participate in the second part of a two-part series on "Fulfilling a Responsibility to Protect:What Will It Take To End the ‘Age of Genocide'?" On the evening of May 4, at 7:00 p.m., Pulitzer Prize winning author, Samantha Power, will be delivering a keynote address at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Then, on the afternoon of May 5, the Wilson Center will host two panels featuring leading analysts and representatives of key international institutions.

The International Response to the Rwandan Genocide – a Failure of Humanity

April 22, 2004 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Africa Program
At a Director's Forum with General Dallaire, the Canadian Commander of the UN peacekeeping forces in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, and author of the recently published Shake Hands with The Devil, Dallaire provided a vivid account of his experience in Rwanda and of the international community's failure to intervene.

Rwanda – Reflections on Genocide

April 21, 2004 // 10:30am2:00pm
Africa Program
A Director's Forum with His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda. Video and a transcript of the President's address are available here.

The Crisis in Darfur

April 12, 2004 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Africa Program
You are invited to a briefing on The Crisis in Darfur with Gerard M. Gallucci, the head of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Khartoum. Jok Madut Jok, a Sudanese scholar and WWIC Fellow, will serve as a discussant.

An Opposition Perspective on Nigeria's Political Evolution

April 07, 2004 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
Major General Muhammadu Buhari, a former Nigerian Head of State and President Obasanjo's principal opponent in Nigeria's 2003 presidential election, is currently leading the legal challenge to the conduct and outcome of that election. A ruling in his case, now drawing to a close before the Court of Appeal in Abuja, is expected by the end of March, and will thereafter be appealed to the Supreme Court by whichever side loses.

Post-War Angola: Trends and Prospects

April 05, 2004 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Africa Program
A panel discussion on "Post-War Angola: Trends and Prospects," featuring Raphael Marquez, a journalist and human rights activist; head of the Open Society Institute in Luanda, Professor Gerald Bender, one of America's most distinguished experts on Angola; and Evaristo Jose, Press Secretary for the Embassy of Angola.

Truth and Reconciliation Processes – A Global Assessment

March 30, 2004 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Africa Program
The Woodrow Wilson International Center's Africa Program and Conflict Prevention Project invite you to a program on "Truth and Reconciliation Processes – A Global Assessment," featuring four distinguished analysts and practitioners. The panel will undertake a comparative assessment of strategies and institutions that have been developed in an attempt to address the always-difficult post-war reconstruction challenge of balancing the demands for justice and accountability with the imperatives of political reconciliation and accommodation.

"In Rwanda we say….the family that does not speak dies"

March 29, 2004 // 6:00pm8:00pm
Africa Program
In a profound testament to the liberating power of speech, award-winning filmmaker Anne Aghion's "In Rwanda we say…The family that does not speak dies" ventures to a rural Rwandan village, just as the government is releasing close to 16,000 Hutu prisoners accused of horrific genocidal crimes. Now, in a place where daily existence depends on cooperation, survivors of the 1994 attempt to eradicate the Tutsi minority must live side-by-side with their assailants. Fear and violence lurk just beneath the surface, but, as the camera rolls, the people of this tiny hamlet begin a remarkable dialogue, a possible first step toward reconciliation. This film screening will be held at Visions Theatre.

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