The capstone publication of the Working Group on Preventing and Rebuilding Failed States, tentatively titled Talking Through Transitions: Strengthening Leaders' Capacities for State-Building is nearing completion.
In April 2007, the Wilson Center Leadership Program undertook a scoping mission to Timor-Leste on behalf of the World Bank–funded Leadership and Communication Capacity for Renewal Program (LCCNR) in Dili. The goal was to identify the key leadership and communication challenges facing Timor-Leste and design an initial outline of a capacity building program to address those challenges.
On November 8-9, 2007, the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity partnered with the Committee on Capacity Building of the Washington-based African Diplomatic corps to host their second two-day orientation for African diplomats at the Wilson Center.
On October 3-6, 2007, in a retreat held outside Monrovia, the Leadership Project gathered together a diverse array of high-level Liberian leaders for a workshop on Strengthening Governmental Collaborative Capacity in a New Liberia.
On June 20, 2007, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Initiative for Inclusive Security, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars convened a police consultation to identify strategies for increasing the recruitment of U.S. policewomen for international civilian police missions.
During this second meeting held on the United Nations High-Level Panel (HLP) on Threats, Challenges and Change, General Brent Scowcroft, among other experts, pointed out the strengths and weaknesses of the Panel's recommendations on the use of force in the 21st century.
"The United States' ability to respond to complex challenges is heading for a train wreck and should be overhauled like the recent intelligence reforms," said General Anthony Zinni, former Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command. Gen. Zinni went on to outline seven deficits in U.S. capacity for winning the peace, and suggested a number of strategic and institutional changes.
Iraq's progress toward democracy has been marred by violence, delays in reconstruction, and only intermittent nurturing of civil society. Despite these formidable obstacles, many Iraqis labor tirelessly for peace and stability. Among those strongly committed to a stable Iraq are the country's women, who face an ongoing battle for political representation. In this report, available for download, read how women leaders in Iraq are ensuring their voices are heard.
The intense debate in the Security Council over the US invasion of Iraq and the current crisis in Darfur highlights the need for the international community to rethink how it responds to emerging threats, challenges and change. Gareth Evans, a member of a high-level UN panel, discusses how the United Nations should be updated to confront 21st century challenges to international peace and security.
Throughout the months of March, April, and May, a series of commemorative events will be held in the Washington, DC area to mark the 10 year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide of 1994.