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February 2019

Preventing Conflict – The Role of Diplomacy and Development in Reducing Insecurity

The world is experiencing a 25-year peak in violent conflict, trapping millions of innocent men, women and children in cycles of poverty and displacement. More than 550,000 people die from violence every year in places like Syria, Yemen and South Sudan, while the annual humanitarian need globally has increased from $3.5 billion to over $20 billion since 2004. In 2016, only 2 percent of official development assistance to fragile countries was dedicated to conflict prevention. Yet, we know these programs…

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Security and Economic Priorities for Africa: Assessments and Recommendations for Developing United States-Africa Policy

The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence at St. Edward’s University, is pleased to present Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars based in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Muyangwa, among the leading experts on the diverse continent of Africa, has visited more than 30 African countries and leveraged her experience to address the continent’s most critical issues, as well as U.S.-Africa relations. Previously the longtime Academic…

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