Democracy Events

The Challenge in Washington: Governing by Leadership or Crisis

February 05, 2004 // 5:30pm11:00pm
Canada Institute
The Canada Institute at the Wilson Center and the Canada Institute on North American Issues hosted the first C. Warren Goldring Lecture on Canada-U.S. Relations with special guest speaker Leon Panetta, who addressed the topic of "The Challenge in Washington: Governing by Leadership or Crisis."

Human Rights and Environmental Activism in Russia: Lessons from the Past and Challenges for the Future

December 01, 2003 // 11:00am12:00pm
Kennan Institute
Ivan Pavlov, Director of the Bellona Environmental Human Rights Center in St. Petersburg and Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at the Kennan Institute, describes the state of the human rights and environmental movements in Russia today.

Peace-Building in Africa's Great Lakes Region

October 17, 2003 // 9:00am10:30pm
Africa Program
A discussion on "Peace-Building in Africa's Great Lakes Region,"led by Ambassador Haile Menkerios, the Director of the Africa division of the UN Department of Political Affairs that is responsible for Africa's Great Lakes region.

Kenya after Moi

October 09, 2003 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Africa Program
A Roundtable Discussion with one of Kenya’s leading human rights advocates, Dr. Gibson Kamau Kuria, the recipient of both the Robert F. Kennedy 1988 Human Rights Award and the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Award.Dr. Kuria, a distinguished Kenyan lawyer, has for decades been at the center of Kenya’s struggle for constitutionalism and the rule of law. He has been repeatedly honored – for his defense of dissidents, for his mobilization of members of the Kenyan bar in resisting anti-democratic initiatives and practices, for his distinguished serve as a judge, and for his role in the campaign to restore political pluralism in Kenya. Recently, following the election of President Kibaki, Dr. Kuria was appointed to a tribunal established to inquire into allegations of judicial corruption; in addition, he is currently serving as assisting counsel to the commission enquiring into the infamous Goldenberg scandal. His presence in Washington will provide an opportunity to review Kenya’s recent political and constitutional evolution, and to assess Kenya’s human rights environment in post-Moi Kenya.

Visegrad, Vilnius and the Atlantic: What Can the New Democracies Bring to NATO?

September 10, 2003 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Philip Dimitrov, Former Prime Minister of Bulgaria and WWICS Public Policy Scholar

Sudan: Last Steps in the Peace Process

September 03, 2003 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
Presentation on The Sudan: Last Steps in the Peace Process, with perspectives from the government of Sudan, represented by Ambassador Khidir H. Ahmed; the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army, represented by Steven Wondu; and the International Crisis Group, represented by John Prendergast, who just returned from Khartoum and Nairobi.The Sudan peace process has reached a critical juncture. Both parties and the international community are facing difficult choices, with the threat of a return to war and an escalation of pressure by the U.S. Congress looming in the background. The speakers explored the dynamics of the peace process as well as the regional and international context in which it is situated.The session will be moderated by Dr. Howard Wolpe, Director of the Africa Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Luncheon: Presentations of Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellowship Recipients

August 04, 2003 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Africa Program
Presentation by the Africa Project’s two current Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellows: J. Tyler Dickovick, Ph.D. candidate at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and D. Grace Davie, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan.

The Current State of the Burundi Peace Process

June 24, 2003 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
Comments delivered by His Excellency Pierre Buyoya, former President of Burundi on the current state of the Burundi Peace Process. He discussed both the challenges and opportunities facing the nation, as it seeks to emerge from nearly a decade of civil conflict.

Book Launch: "Liberalization Against Democracy: The Local Politics of Economic Reform in Tunisia"

June 19, 2003 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Stephen J. King, Assistant Professor of Government, Georgetown University, and Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow

The Burundi Leadership Training Program: The First Six Months

May 13, 2003 // 8:30am3:00pm
Africa Program
The World Bank's Post Conflict Fund made a grant in December 2002 to the Woodrow Wilson Center to launch a leadership-training project in Burundi, designed to advance the country's post-war economic reconstruction. The project management team, consisting of Africa Project Consulting Director Howard Wolpe and Program Manager Steve McDonald brought to the Center for a day-long report and evaluation Burundian consultant (and former Human Rights Minister) Eugène Nindorera, trainers Elizabeth McClintock (Program Director of the Cambridge-based Conflict Management Group) and Alain Lempereur (Director of the Paris Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation in Europe, and workshop training participants Rémy Nahimana(Director, Burundi Catholic Peace and Justice Commission) and Domitille Barancira (President, Constitutional Court of Burundi). Invited to participate in this review of project methodology, training content and project impact were donor agencies, NGOs active in Burundi, practitioners in the field of conflict resolution and economic recovery, and others who are involved in Great Lakes regional issues.

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