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South Africa and the United States: A Post-Election Prognosis

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Ambassador Johnnie Carson discussed the Obama Administration’s strong commitment to South Africa and spoke of the administration’s desire to build upon existing areas of cooperation. Carson described South Africa as the economic locomotive crucial to Africa’s long-term growth and stability. He praised the country’s commitment to democracy and rule of law, noting that South Africa’s record of success serves as a powerful example to other African governments. Carson emphasized the importance of economic partnership as being at the heart of US-South African relations.

Global Drug Trafficking: Africa's Expanding Role

Africa's role in the drug trafficking industry is a strong testament to the interplay of supply and demand market expansion, to the hybridization of transnational organized crime syndicates, as well as to the need for a paradigm shift in domestic, regional and international approaches to drug trafficking interdiction. On May 28, 2009, the Africa Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center convened a conference to assess the situation of international drug trafficking and the increasingly important role that Africa plays.

Land Grab: The Race for the World's Farmland

Michael Kugelman
The world is experiencing a grain rush. With increasing frequency, food-importing countries and private investors are acquiring farmland across the developing world. This new publication marks one of the first efforts in the United States to bring together perspectives from international organizations, farmers, and investors alike about a trend often referred to as a new phase of the world food crisis.

Emerging Powers: India, Brazil, and South Africa (IBSA) and the future of South-South Cooperation

India, Brazil, and South Africa (IBSA) are transcending geographical, historical, and regional differences in order to promote their individual and collective interests at a time when the current economic hardship and declining U.S. hegemony mean greater opportunities for emerging countries in the global South. Since its inception at the margins of the expanded G-8 Summit held in Evian, France, in 2003, the group, officially established in 2004 as the IBSA Dialogue Forum, has held three Summits – in Brasília in 2006, in Pretoria in 2007, and in New Delhi in 2008. The three foreign ministers have met at least once a year and a number of trilateral official consultations have taken place at lower levels.

African Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations: Assessing Their Contribution to Economic Integration and Conflict Management

As one examines the Africa of today, its potential and its problems, its progress and its past, there are a number of recent developments that augur well for the future. This evolution gives Africa’s leaders the tools and framework to fashion its way forward and to secure Africa’s rightful role in the global order. The end of the Cold War, the liberation of minority ruled southern Africa, the emergence of the World Trade Organization and the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act, the focus on HIV/AIDS and related public health issues by the international community as well as the growth of civil society and pressures for democratic change throughout the continent, among many other things, all have resulted in an Africa that is markedly changed and full of potential.

Implementing Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement; Prospects and Challenges

On September 11th, 2006, just over a year after the passing of John Garang, and 18 months after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) on January 9, 2005, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the National Defense University convened a conference to assess the progress that had been made in implementing Sudan’s landmark CPA. The conference brought together experts and policymakers to discuss the state of CPA implementation, the relationship between the CPA and political developments elsewhere in Sudan, notably in Darfur, and the ways in which the international community might assist in building a sustainable peace in Sudan.

Assessing the Nigeria Elections: Can Democracy Emerge from a Badly Flawed Process ?

Presentations made at a conference held at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on May 18, 2007.

Strategies for Promoting Gender Equity in Developing Countries: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities

Elizabeth Bryan and Jessica Varat
Strategies for Promoting Gender Equity in Developing Countries: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities examines both old and new strategies for promoting gender equity in development. As such, it draws upon expert scholars and practitioners to analyze individual cases from throughout the developing world. It also aims to identify policy options and suggestions for moving the current debate forward. This publication is a product of a conference co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Inter-American Foundation.

Angolan Progress and Prospects

Presentations made at a conference held at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on May 9, 2007.

U.S. Energy Security and Oil Revenue Transparency

Presentations made at a conference held at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on March 21, 2007
Presentations made at a conference held at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on March 21, 2007.

Conflict and Cooperation: Making the Case for Environmental Pathways to Peacebuilding in the Great Lakes Region

Patricia Kameri-Mbote
Policy paper on ways in which natural resource cooperation can lead to peace in Central Africa

AGOA Five Years Later: Lessons Learned, Challenges Ahead

Presentations made at a conference held at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on September 14, 2005
Presentations made at a conference held at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on September 14, 2005.

Challenges and Change in Uganda

Based on a Conference on June 2, 2005
Contents:-Introduction by Howard Wolpe and Stephen Morrison-"A Legacy in Danger" by Johnnie Carson-"Uganda: An African 'Success' Past its Prime" by Joel Barkan-"A Changing Uganda: A Government Perspective" by Ruhakana Rugunda

It Always Rains in the Same Place First: Geographic Favoritism in Rural Burundi

-Field report based on the Wilson Center's Community-Based Leadership Program in Burundi

The U.S. Role In The World: Enhancing The Capacity To Respond To Complex Contingency Operations

Contents:-"The U.S. Role in the World: Enhancing the Capacity to Respond to Complex Contingency Operations"-"Integrating the Actors"-"Engaging with the U.N. to Respond to Potential Conflicts or Other Complex Contingency Operations"-"Enhancing the Capacities of Others: Strengthening Regional Responses"-"Responding to Complex Contingency Operations: The Way Forward"-Appendices

AIDS Orphans in Africa: Building an Urban Response

Published in Johannesburg, South Africa in February, 2001
Contents:-Forward by Steven Friedman-"The Urban Impact", Mary Crewe and Karen Michael-"The Role and Capacity of Local Government", Maria Elena Ducci and Sibongiseni Dhlomo-"The Role of National Government in Supporting Local Government", Gugu Molloi and Samson James Opolot-"The Way Forward", Cathy Mbeki, Rebecca Black and Shan Naidu-Wrap-up, Earl Kessler-Closing Remarks, Gilbert KhadiagalaThis document is not available for download. To request an electronic version, please email africa@wilsoncenter.org

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