Friday, September 14, 2012
CIPI to Host Council on Foreign Relations Academic Conference Call on Sudan and South Sudan
Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) and Distinguished Public Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon, will be featured in the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Academic Conference Call series on September 27. CFR, a non-partisan think tank specializing in the analysis of foreign policy and economics, designed the series to provide university students with the opportunity to interact with a CFR fellow, authors and experts in an hour-long teleconferenced discussion. Frazer is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council, where she directs the Africa After 50 Roundtable series that examines the trends and regional dynamics shaping Africa's future and U.S. policy opportunities on the continent. The topic of discussion is “Preventing Conflict in the two Sudans,” which will allow students to learn more about the challenges to peace in the region. CIPI will host an event in Hamburg Hall so that CMU students can take part in the dialogue. View the event flier
Tensions between the nations have been rising since the people of South Sudan voted overwhelmingly to secede from Sudan in January of 2011, and officially gained independence the following July. Although a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was reached in 2005, which set the stage for the 2011 referendum and establishment of South Sudan as an independent nation, a number of issues remain unresolved between the now neighboring nations, including the demarcation of a border.
Dr. Frazer has devoted her career to African policy and has served in a number of influential roles, including U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Senior Director and Special Assistant to the President at the National Security Council. As CIPI Director, Frazer leads the center’s research efforts to utilize new technologies and apply innovative solutions to core issues of development and governance. Under her direction, CIPI recently published an edited volume, Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa, for which she served as co-editor and author. View Frazer’s bio
After presenting her thoughts on how to prevent conflict between Sudan and South Sudan, she will field questions from the teleconference audience, which is expected to include 30-40 participating schools from around the country.
CIPI will host a lunchtime listening party for Carnegie Mellon University students on the Pittsburgh campus. The event will be held on Thursday, September 27, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in Hamburg Hall Room 236.