Monday, November 9, 2009
Jendayi Frazer gives keynote address to Carnegie Mellon’s 19th annual International Festival, “What's Happening to Diplomacy?”
Dr. Jendayi E. Frazer is known worldwide as a policy leader and expert on African Affairs. She joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon in 2009 as Distinguished Service Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, and in the H. John Heinz College's Schools of Public Policy and Management. Her current research focuses on strengthening regional security cooperation and economic and political integration in Africa. She is also co-Directing Carnegie Mellon's new Center for International Politics and Innovation (CIPI) where she is particularly interested in utilizing technology and applying innovative solutions to core issues of development and governance in Africa.
Ambassador Frazer was the leading architect of U.S.-Africa policy over the last decade, most recently serving as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from August 2005 to January 2009. She was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from January 2001 until her swearing-in as the first woman U.S. Ambassador to South Africa in June 2004. During Frazer's government service, U.S. assistance to Africa quadrupled reaching an historic high of $6.7 billion by 2008. She was instrumental in the decisions that established the Bush Administration's signature initiatives including the $15 billion President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the $500 million African Education Initiative, as well as the Millennium Challenge Account that committed $3.2 billion to well-governed African countries by 2008. Frazer is widely credited for designing the administration's policies for ending the wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Burundi. She was also instrumental in resolving the crisis following Kenya's 2007 presidential election. In recognition of her contributions, Secretary Condoleezza Rice presented Frazer with the Distinguished Service Award in January 2009, the highest award bestowed by the Secretary of State.