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Peacebuilding and anti-corruption: Room for collaboration?

Amy Margolies
How might the best practices of peacebuilding be applied to anti-corruption? Based on interviews with trainers and staff of the Burundi Leadership Training Program (BLTP) of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, this article explores possible answers to that question in light of a successful peacebuilding effort. The author also flags ideas for future projects and research at the nexus of the two fields.

Reflections on the Crisis in Eastern Congo

René Lemarchand
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.

The Role of ECOWAS in Achieving the Economic Integration of West Africa

Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas
On October 19, 2007, the Africa Program hosted an event entitled "The Role of ECOWAS in Achieving the Economic Integration of West Africa" with Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, President of the ECOWAS Commission.

A Briefing on Somalia

John Yates
On October 18, 2007, the Africa Program hosted a briefing on the current situation in Somalia with Ambassador John M. Yates, U.S. Special Envoy to Somalia.

Remarks from Former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark

Joe Clark
On May 18, 2007, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted the last of four events on Nigeria's elections. Former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark gave the keynote address and his remarks at the "Nigeria: A Post-Election Analysis" event. A video and agenda of the event can be found here.

Angola Day Remarks from Minister Joaquim David

Joaquim David
In the keynote address, Angolan Minister of Industry Joaquim David introduced two of the key themes of the Angola Day event: 1) the necessity to improve current knowledge of the political and economic realities of Angola and 2) the importance of strengthening relations between the United States and Angola. A video and summary of the event can be found here.

An Opposition View of Uganda's Political Evolution

Kizza Besigye
On November 27, the Wilson Center's Africa Program hosted a discussion with Dr. Kizza Besigye, President of the Forum for Democratic Change. Dr Besigye provided a profile of Uganda's political history, the status of opposition parties and the government's neo-patrimonial culture and its intolerance towards other political views.

Transcript of "Stabilization and Reconstruction Operations in Post-Conflict and Crisis Zones: The Challenges of Military and Civilian Cooperation"

Verbatim transcripts of a half-day conference held at the Wilson Center on June 7, 2006
Verbatim transcripts of a half-day conference held at the Wilson Center on June 7, 2006, which focused on ways to strengthen the collaboration between military and civilian actors in conflict and post conflict environments.

Speech by Rebecca Garang de Mabior, Southern Sudanese Minister of Roads and Transportation

Rebecca Garang de Mabior
Verbatim transcript of a discussion with Rebecca Nyandeng Garang de Mabior, Southern Sudanese Minister for Roads and Transportation and widow of the late Sudanese People's Liberation Movement leader John Garang, on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and development challenges facing Southern Sudan.

Statement by H.E. Salva Kiir, First Vice President of Sudan

Salva Kiir
On November 4th, 2005, H.E. Salva Kiir, First Vice President of Sudan, President of Southern Sudan and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM, delivered a wide-ranging presentation, and released the attached statement. A video and summary of the event can be found here.

Speech by H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza on the Closing of the BLTP-led Burundi Cabinet Retreat

Pierre Nkurunziza
Between September 26 and October 1, 2005, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Burundi Leadership Training Program held a retreat for the Vice-Presidents, cabinet and senior advisers of the newly-elected Burundi government. President Nkurunziza observed the retreat, and delivered the closing address. Translated into English by Diane Yameogo

Verbatim transcript of Election Observation Missions conference

Unedited transcript of "Election Observation Missions: Making Them Count" conference, held on April 29, 2005.

Speech by His Excellency Atiku Abubakar on Democracy in Nigeria

Atiku Abubakar
On May 2nd, 2005, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, Vice President of Nigeria spoke on progress building democracy in Nigeria. He discussed recent developments in the fight against corruption, the introduction of electoral democracy, improving democratic and human rights practices, and the future of U.S-Nigeria Relations.

Statement of Rafael Marques on Angola's Deadly Diamonds

Rafael Marques e Rui Falcao de Campos
On March 24, 2005, Angolan journalist and human rights activist Rafael Marques delivered a presentation condemning human rights abuses connected to Angola's diamond industry, and recommended that the international community work to improve living conditions for those in the legal diamond trade, as well as those affected by the market for illegal "blood diamonds."

Reflections of Patricia De Lille on the New South Africa

Patricia De Lille
On March 9, 2005, Patricia De Lille, leader of the Independent Democrats, a South African opposition party, reflected on the changes and challenges facing the new South Africa. She praised the progress that has been made in the decade since apartheid, but also addressed new challenges such as AIDS, the crisis in Zimbabwe and growing economic inequality.

The Responsibility to Protect

Unedited transcript of "Remembering Rwanda: The Responsibility to Protect" conference, held in 2004.

Presentation by General Lamine Cissé on Economic and Security Integration in West Africa

Lamine Cissé
On October 27, 2004, General Lamine Cisse, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Senegal and current Representative of the U.N. Secretary General in the Central African Republic delivered a presentation on the relationship between economic and security integration in West Africa, and commented on some of the greatest challenges facing the region.

Reflections of His Excellency Paul Kagame on the Tenth Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda

Paul Kagame
On April 21, 2004, His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, reflected on the tenth anniversary of the tragic genocide in Rwanda. He discussed the root causes of the genocide, the international reaction to the crisis, and the measures that he and his country have been taking to rebuild Rwanda. His presentation was part of Remembering Rwanda, a commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the genocide. The program was co-sponsored by the Africa Program, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the United States Institute of Peace.

Speech by His Excellency Festus Mogae on U.S. - Botswana Economic Relations

Festus Mogae
On June 26, 2003, His Excellency Festus Mogae, President of Botswana, spoke to a dinner gathering on the evolving economic relationship between the United States and Botswana, at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The dinner was sponsored by the Africa Program and the Corporate Council on Africa.

Speech by His Excellency Yoweri Museveni entitled "African Development: Opportunities and Challenges"

H.E. Yoweri Museveni
On May 14, 2002, His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda spoke on the opportunities and challenges that face Africa, and the role that he envisioned the United States playing in promoting African Development. He also fielded questions from the audience, which are transcribed here.

Presentation by Sergei Mazov entitled "Soviet Policy in West Africa as an episode of the Cold War"

Sergei Mazov
On May 12, 2002, Cold War International History Project Fellow Sergei Mazov delivered a presentation on the Soviet Union's Africa policy, drawing on recently declassified Kremlin and KGB documents. This is a synopsis of his remarks.

Speech by His Excellency Joaquim Chissano entitled "Political Stability, Conflict Resolution, and Development in Southern Africa"

Joaquim Alberto Chissano
On February 27, 2002, H.E. Joaquim Chissano, President of the Republic of Mozambique discussed the future of southern Africa, and how best to promote peace, stability and development in the region, placing special emphasis on the role that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) must play in acheiving these aims. He drew upon Mozambique's transformation to illustrate the possibility of regional reconstruction.

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