Tuesday, November 16, 2010
CIPI and Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition: Forum on January 2011 Sudan Vote, with Dr. Jendayi Frazer
Voting in Sudan | Credit Pete Muller, AP
On November 16, 2010, CIPI co-sponsored an event organized by the Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition (PDEC) entitled “The Choice for War or Peace in Sudan: Beyond the January 9, 2011 Referenda” on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. The program focused on the critical South Sudan and Abyei referenda and what the future would hold for Sudan beyond the January 2011 referendum. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in January 2005, ended two decades of conflict in Sudan between the north and south and included a provision allowing for the people of South Sudan and Abyei to vote for self-determination.
This event was also co-sponsored by several Pittsburgh area universities, human rights and religious advocacy organizations, including the University of Pittsburgh’s Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, the Pittsburgh Human Rights Network, and the Pittsburgh Presbytery Peacemaking Ministry Team. Dr. Jendayi Frazer, CIPI Director, served as the keynote speaker and addressed over 60 activists and interested attendees at the event.
The program was conceived of by Mr. David Rosenberg, PDEC Coordinator, who served as the emcee for the event. The event featured remarks from Benedict Killang and Ismail Omer Ismail, two members of Pittsburgh’s Sudanese Community. The discussants focused on the complexities of the economic and security implications of South Sudan’s expected vote for independence. Dr. Frazer and other presenters affirmed that U.S. leadership and international engagement during the referendum negotiation process are critical for maintaining peace. Dr. Frazer also called for a look at what real incentives the U.S. needs to work with during possible negotiations.
The event was an ongoing part of CIPI’s programs focused on Sudan and U.S. foreign policy approaches to the South Sudan referendum and situation in Darfur. Previous CIPI events have included guest lectures and roundtable discussions with policy officials, including Mr. Tim Shortley, Special Representative and Deputy to the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan at the U.S. Department of State. (Read the Shortley article)