August 6, 2010 — Susan Page, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa at the U.S. Department of State, joined us for a discussion on the August 2010 presidential elections in Rwanda.
The discussion began with a look at the current state of Rwanda, balancing the recent positive developments in Rwanda alongside more troubling issues. Ms. Page touched on the current relationship between the US government and the Rwandan government, the political climate of Rwanda, domestic and international security concerns, and various development efforts undertaken by the Rwandan government. Also discussed was the future of Rwanda and, in particular Rwandan politics. Ms. Page emphasized the importance of Rwanda’s future, especially regarding the next presidential election in seven years.
Questions focused on several different subjects. Among the topics discussed were Rwandan/US relations, economic progress in Rwanda, bi-lateral donor relations, the Rwandan press, and the judiciary system’s capacity.
Security for a New Century is a nonpartisan discussion group for Congress. We meet regularly with U.S. and international policy professionals to discuss the post-Cold War and post-9/11 security environment. All discussions are off-the-record. It is not an advocacy venue.