As armed conflict continues to spread in West Africa, four experts on the unfolding crisis discussed the destabilizing influence of the Taylor regime in Liberia; the regional dimensions of the violence; and U.S. foreign policy toward the region. Panelists also examined:
- The prospects for peace and/or regime change in Liberia.
- The ongoing army mutiny in the Ivory Coast.
- Possible pathways to peace and stability in West Africa.
Moderated by Chester Crocker, chairman of the Institute's Board of Directors, the discussion was followed by questions from the floor.
- William M. Bellamy
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
- Amos C. Sawyer
Co-Associate Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, and former President, Interim Government of Liberia (1990-1994).
- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Chairman and CEO of Kormah Investment and Development Corporation and leader of the opposition Unity Party in Liberia.
- Chester A. Crocker, Moderator
Chairman, Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace, and Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies, Georgetown University.