Democratic Transition Events

Democracy or Ethnocracy: the Role of Intellectuals during the Transition Period in the Countries of the Former Yugoslavia

June 08, 2005 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Naum Panovski, Assistant Professor of Drama, Catholic University of America

Uganda: An African "Success" Past its Prime?

June 02, 2005 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
A roundtable co-sponsored by the Africa Program and Conflict Prevention Project at the Wilson Center, and by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The discussion will focus on recent political and economic developments in Uganda, with Joel Barkan, Professor of Political Science University of Iowa and Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Senior Vice-President, National Defense University. Download the conference report.

Waiting for Democracy: Politics of Choice in Natural Resource Decentralization

May 24, 2005 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Almost all of the world's developing countries are decentralizing power, at least half in the natural resource sector. This new World Resource Institute report draws on cases from Africa, Asia, and Latin America to examine the social and ecological effects of these "democratic" decentralizations.

Women's Role in Conflict Prevention and Nonviolent Transformation

February 24, 2005 // 8:00am10:00am
Middle East Program
Opening Remarks: Ambassador Hattie Babbitt, Senior Vice-President, Hunt Alternatives Fund; Johanna Mendelson-Foreman, Senior Program Officer for Peace, Security, and Human Rights, United Nations Foundation.Speakers: Emem Okon, Program Officer, Niger Delta Women for Justice; Sanam Anderlini, former Policy Commission Director, Inclusive Security: Women Waging Peace; Mildred Sandi, President, DP Foundation and member, Southern African Conflict Prevention Network; Alexandra Belandia, former Culture Director, Universidad Santa María.This event is co-sponsored with the Conflict Prevention Project and Africa Program of the Wilson Center, and Inclusive Security: Women Waging Peace.

The Road to Peace in Liberia: Citizen Views on Transitional Justice

November 10, 2004 // 8:00am9:30am
Africa Program
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.

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.

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.

Democratic Consolidation in Serbia: Pitfalls of the Post-Djindjic Transition

March 10, 2004 // 11:00am12:30pm
Global Europe Program
Lenard Cohen, Professor of Political Science, Research Institute on Southeastern Europe, Simon Fraser University

Sudan: the Peace Process and Beyond

January 12, 2004 // 8:30am10:30am
Africa Program
Moderated by Jok Madut Jok, Sudanese Scholar and Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow. Featuring John Prendergast Special Advisor to the President of International Crisis Group, Gerard Gallucci, US Chargé d'Affaires in Khartoum, and Kate Almquist , Advisor on Policy to USAID Administrator Natsios.

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.

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