Bringing Groups Together

The Politics of Africa and Elsewhere

Robert I. Rotberg Harvard Kennedy School

WHEN EXPERIENCED African political figures came together for the first time in 2003 explicitly to strengthen leadership on their continent, they did so in an atmosphere of convulsive crisis. The Congo, the Sudan, and Zimbabwe (not to mention Liberia and Sierra Leone) were each suffering from massive and prolonged leadership failures. What could be done? Could the quality of leadership in Africa be strengthened? Could the glaring deficits in intergroup leadership across the sub-Saharan African region be remedied somehow? Could responsible leadership as a skill set be taught? Could those skills be transferred from the countries in Africa ...

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