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The United States Institute of Peace wishes to acknowledge with appreciation The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for its support of this meeting, the first in a series of Institute public lectures funded in part by the Hewlett Foundation.

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Gyude Bryant's Main Remarks
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Responding to War and State Collapse in West Africa
(Special Report, January 2002)

AIDS and Violent Conflict in Africa
(Special Report, October 2001)

Peacekeeping in Africa
(Special Report, February 2001)

The Effects of Violence on Peace Processes
(U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2001)

Managing Communications: Lessons from Interventions in Africa
(Virtual Diplomacy Report, January 2000)

Assorted Online Resources

West Africa: Prospects for Peace
(Event Summary, October 2003)

African Constitutionalism and the Dilemmas of Self-Determination
(Senior Fellow Project Report, July 2003)

Youth in Violently Divided Societies
(Senior Fellow Project Report, April 2003)

Eye of the Hurricane: Liberia and Instability in West Africa
(Event Summary, December 2002)

West Africa Web Links
(Library Web Links)

Liberia Peace Agreements
(Library Peace Agreements Collection)

Trauma and Conflict Web Links
(Library Web Links)

Virtual Diplomacy Lecture Series

Achieving Peace in Liberia
Virtual Town Meeting


Monday, February 9, 2004

7:00 -- 8:30 PM EST

A Special Note for Members of the
Liberian Diaspora Community



At a peace conference in October 2003, warring factions in Liberia's 14-year civil war chose Gyude Bryant as interim leader of the National Transitional Government of Liberia. On February 9 (from 7:00-8:30 PM EST) the Institute hosted a special Virtual Town Hall Meeting featuring Gyude Bryant. During the interactive webcast Bryant engaged the Liberian diaspora in a web-based conversation about prospects for maintaining the peace in their war-weary homeland and what they can do to support it. Institute Africa specialist Michael Southwick and Harry Grieves, economic adviser to Chairman Bryant, moderated the event.

Featured Speaker

  • Gyude Bryant
    Chairman, National Transitional Government of Liberia


  • Michael Southwick
    Africa Specialist, U.S. Institute of Peace; and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs

  • Harry Grieves
    Economic adviser to Chairman Bryant


A Special Note for Members of the Liberian Diaspora Community

The Institute would like to hear back from members of the Liberian diaspora community about the February 9 Virtual Town Hall. If you are a member of the Liberian diaspora community and have some comments and/or feedback about your experience with the Virtual Town Hall that you would like to share with us please visit the Institute's Virtual Town Hall Survey.

More About Gyude Bryant

"I see myself as a healer."—Gyude Bryant

Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant is the newly designated leader of Liberia's two-year transitional government. Known as "a man with no enemies," he urged his predecessor Charles Taylor to talk to rebel groups. Widely seen as the most neutral of the candidates for Liberia's new leadership, Bryant is a successful Monrovia businessman and chairman of the Liberia Action Party.

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The Virtual Diplomacy Initiative (VDI) explores the role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in the conduct of foreign affairs, particularly their effect upon international conflict management and resolution. Since 1995, VDI has sponsored workshops, conferences, and symposia; funded an array of projects on the intersection of ICTs and diplomacy, war, post-conflict reconstruction, and globalization; and published reports and essays from a distinguished collection of leading thinkers and practitioners.

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