The broader project of which this article is a part has benefited greatly from the support and generosity of Sakurako and William Fisher, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, the FSI Takahashi Fund, the Japan Fund at Stanford University, Shorenstein APARC
, and the UPS Endowment Fund.
The African Presidential Round-table in Berlin, (see African Business, March 2009) organised by Boston University's APARC, was a rare opportunity to sit with some of Africa's great leaders of the past and discuss current issues facing the continent.
Nevertheless, it is essential that we in Africa, including the private sector, should join in with organisations like APARC to tap into the experiences of our former leaders, including business leaders, and produce books, film and radio documentaries to preserve our historic heritage.
Previous winners of the APARC award include the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former US Ambassador to South Africa Jendayi Frazier.
The discussions are then published by APARC, which also publishes the excellent State of Africa Report written by African heads of state.
The APARC Roundtable therefore becomes a massively significant forum, during which dialogue between an unofficial African think-tank and some of the most informed US minds can proceed.
Jinwook Choi, "Changing Relations Between Party, Military, and Government in North Korea and Their Impact on Policy Direction," APARC
Working Paper (Stanford, CA: Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 1999).