CIPI News | 2013
CIPI Director Jendayi E. Frazer, Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2005-2009), and U.S. Ambassador to South Africa (2004-2005), honored the late Nelson Mandela's legacy in the days following his death, speaking with several news organizations and offering insight and analysis on Mandela's life and work. In the wake of the passing of such an important world leader, Dr. Frazer's comments helped to provide insight, context, and understanding to a variety of audiences:
Dr. Jendayi Frazer is one of several Carnegie Mellon University participants in the Transform Africa Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, October 28-31. Transform Africa revisits the 2007 Connect Africa Summit that championed broadband connectivity and other measures to mitigate the digital divide threatening to separate African citizens from the technological advances occurring in other regions. Frazer is serving as a panelist for the Plenary Session entitled "Connect. Innovate. Transform." on October 29. The distinguished service professor also serves as Chairman of the Board for the Kigali-based East Africa Exchange, where her work is focused on the establishment of an innovative regional exchange intended to increase transparency in the East Africa Community's commodity markets.
Nairobi was a scene of violence and a battle ground for the terrorist group Al Shabab and the Kenyan Military. The violent chaotic situation at the Westgate Shopping Mall left at least 62 dead and 175 wounded. Dr. Jendayi Frazer joined several media sources to discuss the situation and provide analysis.
Ambassador Pascual, the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, explained the challenges and opportunities of the current global energy policy environment during a Breakfast Briefing he delivered in Pittsburgh on July 18. Hosted jointly by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and the Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI), approximately 100 participants representing the business, non-profit, academic and foreign policy communities took part in the program at The Rivers Club.
CIPI Breakfast Briefing with U.S. Department of State Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs
Jendayi Frazer, Director of the Center for International Policy & Innovation (CIPI) at Carnegie Mellon, will attend the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, May 8-10. The forum is convening under the theme of "Delivering on Africa’s Promise." Frazer will be serving as a discussion leader for the panel on "Mapping the African Growth Landscape," which will examine what sectors and industries hold the most promise for growth and diversification in the next decade.
The Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) has signed on as a “Festival Celebrity” sponsor of the Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival. In its seventh year, the 2013 theme “Faces of Media” features new and award-winning films from over a dozen countries from March 21 – April 13. The goal according to film festival organizers, is to expose participants to a variety of “contemporary issues concerning the societal effects of rapid globalized media development, such as violence, (in)justice, identity transformation....”
On Wednesday, February 20, Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Distinguished Service Professor within Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Heinz College, participated in a panel discussion on the 2013 presidential elections in Kenya at the Brooking Institution, as part of the event “Kenya Decides: The 2013 Presidential Election.” Panelists offered their analysis of the pre-election environment and country’s preparations for the March contest. Kenyans will go the polls on March 4 to elect a President and local level officials in the first contest following the December 2007 elections and subsequent violence that gripped the country.
On February 20, Frazer will participate in a panel discussion on the upcoming presidential election in Kenya at the Brookings Institution. On March 21, CIPI will host the 2013 Electoral Violence Lecture from noon – 2 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at the University Club in Washington, D.C. The second annual electoral violence lecture series will take place just after the first round of elections in Kenya and prior to the beginning of Zimbabwe’s electoral process.