Wednesday, January 9, 2013
CIPI Director’s Congressional Testimony on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Carnegie Mellon University's Jendayi Frazer joined Oscar winner Ben Affleck, founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, and others at a briefing before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). The panelists updated the committee on the evolving security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the implications for U.S. National Security. The briefing took place at the Rayburn House Office Building Room 2118 in Washington, D.C.
Frazer, a distinguished service professor within the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Heinz College, is a leading architect of U.S.-Africa policy over the last decade. She most recently served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from August 2005 to January 2009 and previously as the U.S. ambassador to South Africa.
Frazer, who is the director of CMU’s Center for International Policy and Innovation, provided her insights into the conflict in the DRC and speak to the diplomatic and other policy options that U.S. policymakers should consider to address the situation in Congo and in the region.
Below is Dr. Frazer’s written testimony, submitted for the record to the House Armed Services Committee for her appearance before the committee on December 19, 2012. Frazer was one of three non-government witnesses that delivered testimony and answered questions during the hearing. The video of Dr. Frazer’s participation in the House Armed Services Committee hearing can be viewed via the committee’s website here.