Charles Taylor: A guilty verdict against the former Liberian president – including charges of murder, rape, use of child soldiers – sets precedent for holding sitting heads of state to account.
Vice President Joyce Banda took over as Malawi's president on Saturday. Her first challenge: restoring relations with donor nations to the poverty stricken nation.
Liberian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf defends Liberia's anti-gay laws, underlining persistence of colonial laws and 'traditional values.'
Former soldier Christian Bethelson’s only job skill was killing – until a meeting on a muddy road in Liberia changed his life, and many others.
Women played some significant roles this past year, from making peace to crafting economic policy in the midst of a crisis. Here are seven who shaped 2011:
Nobel Peace Prize winners Tawakkol Karman of Yemen (l.), Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee (c.), and Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf display their diplomas and medals at City Hall in Oslo on Dec. 10. The peace prize committee awarded the prize to Ms. Karman, Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf, and Ms. Gbowee for championing women's rights in regions where oppression is common and helping women participate in peace-building.
When the The Nobel Peace Prize 2011 is awarded to three women tomorrow, the committee will recognize what policymakers have long ignored: the work of women in peace building. It's time to move beyond 'peace' that depends on warlords to engage all key stakeholders, especially women.