Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace played a major role in ending the nation’s 14-year civil war in 2003 and helped bring to power Liberia’s first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Olubanke King-Akerele, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Johnson Sirleaf discusses her new book, her country and the special role that women play there.
Because of the significance of Nigeria to the entire African continent, and because of growing concern that the United States had paid insufficient attention to the signs of growing tensions and instability within Nigeria on the lead-up to the 2007 national elections, a consortium of primarily Washingtonbased institutions (the Wilson Center, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Africa Program at John Hopkins’ School for Advanced and International Studies, and the Council on Foreign Relations) organized a series of programs designed to engage both Nigerian and American policymakers in an examination of “The Pending Nigerian Elections: A Step Toward Democratic Consolidation or Descent into Chaos?”
With Tornorlah Varpilah of the Transitional Justice Working Group and John Moreira, an analyst with the firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.Open audio
Professor René Lemarchand gives an in depth analysis of and update on the situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, reflecting on a three-week trip through three areas in the east: Uvira, Bukavu and Goma.
A workshop report focused on three areas of intersection that have dominated discussions of climate and security links in developing country contexts.