Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 November 2010

Africa Center for Strategic Studies and Center for Complex Operations of National Defense University to Host Conference




Africa Center for Strategic Studies and Center for Complex Operations of National Defense University to Host Conference



WASHINGTON, November 30, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Africa Center for Strategic Studies and Center for Complex Operations of National Defense University to Host Conference

“Sudan: Regional Implications of Post-Referendum Scenarios”

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies and the Center for Complex Operations will host a conference at National Defense University on Dec. 16, 2010, to examine the current situation in Sudan leading up to the referendum and to discuss possible post-referendum scenarios and their implications for the region.

Keynote Speaker: J. Scott Gration, Special Envoy to Sudan

For more information on other speakers and panelists, please see the following agenda.

The referendum on self-determination is a fundamental part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) originating from the Machakos Protocol signed in 2002. The referendum is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2011, six months before the expiration of the CPA in July 2011. The outlook for the referendum is being shaped mainly by Sudan’s two ruling parties, their negotiations, the technical preparations, and public opinion. The conference will also examine U.S. government policy and conclude with an assessment of the positions of other key stakeholders (non-governmental organization community and Congress).

Date: Dec. 16, 2010
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Hall Auditorium, National Defense University, Fort McNair, 300 5th Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20319. (Metro: Waterfront, 4th & M Streets, SW)
Lunch: A light lunch will be provided in the Lincoln Hall South Atrium.

Media Inquiries: Journalists interested in covering the conference are asked to contact Frances Hardin at the Africa Center; e-mail:; phones: Desk (202) 685-7340, Cell (202) 640-9387.

Working Agenda:
9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome
Ambassador (ret.) William Mark Bellamy, Africa Center for Strategic Studies*
Ambassador (ret.) John Herbst, Director, Center for Complex Operations*

9:15 – 10:30 AM Sudan’s Key Conflict Dynamics and Possible Post- Referendum Scenarios
(Panel discussion moderated by Ambassador (ret.) Mark Bellamy, Africa Center for Strategic Studies*)
• Interparty dynamics, public opinion, Darfur, state of South Sudan leadership
Andrew Natsios, Distinguished Professor, Georgetown University & former
USAID Administrator*

• Debt and Wealth Sharing—Political Stabilizer or Driver of Conflict?
Ben Leo, Research Fellow, Center for Global Development*

• Post Referendum Scenarios
Jonathan Temin, Senior Program Officer, USIP*

10:35 – 12:00 PM Regional Dynamics of Sudan’s Referendum Results (Panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Cooke, Director of Africa Program, CSIS*)
• Africa Union
Ambassador Amina S. Ali, African Union Ambassador to U.S

• UN
Francis Deng, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the
Prevention of Genocide

Fabienne Hara, Vice-President (Multilateral Affairs), International
Crisis Group

• P5, EU, China
Ambassador (ret.) Alan Goulty, Senior Scholar and Director of
Peacemaking in Sudan Project, Woodrow Wilson Center for
12:00 – 12:30 PM Box Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 PM Keynote Presentation “Current U.S. Policy” Major General (ret.) J. Scott Gration, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan*

1:30 – 3:00 PM Implementing U.S. Policy and Expeditionary Diplomacy (Panel discussion moderated by Ambassador (ret.) Timothy Carney*)
• Timothy Shortley, Deputy to Special Envoy, Sudan*
• Susan Page, Deputy Assistant Secretary, African Affairs, Department of State*
• Ambassador Robert Loftis, Acting Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, Department of State*
• Vicki Huddleston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, Department of Defense*
• Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator, Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID*

3:15—4:15 PM Stakeholder Views
(Panel discussion moderated by Kate Almquist, ACSS Senior Fellow*)
• NGOs
Omar Ismail, Advisor, Enough*
Alison Giffen, Research Fellow, The Stimson Center
• Private Sector
Richard Greene, PAE*
4:30—5:15 PM Closing Remarks
• Michelle Gavin, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council

*Speaker confirmed



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