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Challenges to Peacemaking in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

Dr. Howard Wolpe is the director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. The Africa Program started in 1999 to promote dialogue among policymakers and academic specialists on both African issues and U.S. policy toward Africa. The program holds public forums and directs the Congressional Education on Africa Program, which teaches Congressional staff member about issues in Africa. The Africa Program also directs a capacity-building intitiative in war-torn Burundi. The Woodrow Wilson Center was established by Congress in 1968 as a memorial to President Wilson. It is a nonpartisan institute supported by public and private funds that encourages the study of national and international affairs.

Before becoming director of the Africa Program, Wolpe served seven terms as a member of Congress from Michigan. He was the Presidential Special Envoy to Africa's Great Lakes Region and served as chair of the Subcommittee on Africa of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Wolpe is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Howard Wolpe received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught at the University of Michigan. He was a visiting fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies program of the Brookings Institute. He is the recipient of the African-American Institute's Star Crystal Award for Excellence, of the Michigan Audubon Society's Legislator of the Year Award and the Sierra Club's Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr Wolpe is currently working on a book detailing his experience as a diplomat in the Burundi peace process and directs a major post-conflict leadership training program in Burundi.