Jendayi Frazer in the Media
Two months after the historic US-Africa Leaders Summit some may question what was really achieved beyond the spectacle and excitement of the State Department and White House hosting 45 African heads of state and five high-level delegations at the start of Washington’s summer vacation season. While managing the logistical challenges alone deserves credit, the Administration did more and can do more to create a legacy beyond the Summit.
On September 22, Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation, joined fellow policymakers, scholars, entrepreneurs and philanthropists in New York for the Africa Rising Forum. Held at The Africa Center on the margins of the 69th United Nations General Assembly, the event was co-sponsored with the United Nations, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group to “examine and identify effective ways to spur the inclusive, sustainable and resilient transformation for the continent.”
In early August, the United States hosted an unprecedented summit featuring the heads of state from more than 40 African nations. Few people are as well positioned to comment on the historic U.S. Africa Leaders Summit as CIPI Director Jendayi Frazer, who was a sought after voice to provide context for the historic summit. A scholar with more than three decades studying, researching, and working on African policy issues, Frazer guided U.S. policy with sub-Saharan Africa from some of the most senior positions in the U.S. government. She continues to examine policy issues through her work at CIPI and the Council on Foreign Relations, and to influence economic opportunities through entrepreneurship and agricultural development.
What to Expect at U.S.-Africa Summit: A Council on Foreign Relations Interview with Dr. Jendayi Frazer
August 4 marks the start of the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, with some fifty heads of state expected in Washington, DC. The three-day summit, a year after President Barack Obama visited the continent, will begin to reverse the "feeling that the continent was being ignored or marginalized," says CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Jendayi Frazer. The former assistant secretary of state disputes assertions that China has eclipsed the United States in African trade and diplomacy, but "people want to see President Obama more engaged," she says.
Dr. Jendayi E. Frazer has been appointed to the Board of The MasterCard Foundation, an independent, global organization with over $9B in assets. The Foundation’s programs promote financial inclusion and advance youth learning, mostly in Africa. Established by MasterCard Worldwide, the Foundation is run as a separate entity; its Board of Directors is responsible for its policies, operations, and funding decisions.
“Dr. Frazer’s in-depth knowledge of Sub-Saharan Africa combined with her personal commitment to the continent’s development makes her a valuable addition to the Foundation’s Board of Directors,” said Lois Juliber, Chair of the Board of The MasterCard Foundation.
CIPI Director Jendayi E. Frazer, Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2005-2009), discussed the recent conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. Heavy fighting broke on December 15 in the capital Juba and quickly spread to four other states, forcing over 120,000 people to flee their homes. Dr. Frazer spoke with several news organizations about this recent conflict, including WNYC’s “The Takeaway” , where she examines the origins of the conflict in South Sudan and how the international community should move forward.
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.
Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University, will serve as a panelist for 13th International Economic Forum on Africa on October 7. The event is hosted the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, in partnership with other regional organization, including the African Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the Economic Commission for Africa. The annual forum is an opportunity for “OECD and African policy-makers to meet investors, academics and civil society leaders working on and with Africa to discuss the region’s main challenges and opportunities.”
Dr. Jendayi Frazer, director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation and distinguished service professor at Carnegie Mellon University, wrote an editorial that was published in the Kenyan paper Daily Nation on September 30. The editorial, “Attack will draw West, Kenya closer,” discusses the geopolitical implications of the recent terrorist attack on a Kenyan shopping mall elections.
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.
Dr. Jendayi Frazer was interviewed on ARISE News television’s Sunday talk show to discuss President Obama’s trip to Africa. The president was in Africa from June 27 - July 2013, traveling to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania to meet with leaders from government, business, and civil society. Dr. Frazer’s one-on-one interview begins just after 15:40. View the interview: http://www.arise.tv/headline/arise-sunday-23-06-2128.
Optimism. Opportunity. Interactivity. All marked the favorable mood of the recent World Economic Forum on Africa, as described by Jendayi Frazer. Frazer is a many-time Forum participant, globally-recognized policy leader, expert on African affairs, and Carnegie Mellon University distinguished public service professor. "This was the very best that I've been to — it really stood out because of its focus on practical solutions," noted Frazer, a leading architect of U.S.-Africa policy for nearly a decade. She served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 2005–2009 and was the first woman appointed U.S. Ambassador to South Africa in 2004.
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.
Frazer’s editorial, “ICC has fallen from high ideals of global justice, accountability” published in Kenyan paper Daily Nation
Dr. Jendayi Frazer, director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation and distinguished service professor at Carnegie Mellon University, wrote an editorial that was published in the Kenyan paper Daily Nation. The editorial, “ICC has fallen from high ideals of global justice, accountability,” discusses the recent Kenya elections.
Dr. Jendayi Frazer recently sat down with Gwen Ifill on the PBS Newshour to discuss the March 4 Presidential elections in Kenya and provided analysis of international response to the election of incoming president Uhuru Kenyatta in an extremely close contest. She discussed the implications of this election for U.S. policy, as Kenyatta and his running mate are scheduled to face charges before International Criminal Court (ICC) for their alleged roles in inciting violence following the 2007 elections in which more than 1,000 people were killed and thousands more displaced. (Video)
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.
Frazer to testify before Congressional Committee on security situation in Democratic Republic of Congo
Carnegie Mellon University's Jendayi Frazer will join Oscar winner Ben Affleck and others at a briefing before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. The panelists will update the committee on the evolving security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the implications for U.S. National Security. Frazer, a leading architect of U.S.-Africa policy over the last decade, will provide 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.
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Frazer is interviewed by Christopher Alessi at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and discusses the recent tensions along the oil-rich border that divides North and South Sudan. With tensions escallating in recent weeks, the prospect looms of a full-scale war between the longtime foes. Frazer says while the role of mediation should remain with the African Union, the United States and China are vital players in this conflict that can bring pressure to bear on both parties. Read the story
Frazer addresses the war in the Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), strategies for minimizing the ongoing violence particularly around the transition for departing former Côte d'Ivoire president Laurent Koudou Gbagbo and incoming president Alassane Dramane Ouattara, and hopes for Côte d'Ivoire’s future economic development.
Elliott School of International Affairs hosts David H. Miller Lecture on Africa featuring Dr. Jendayi Frazer as Keynote Speaker
Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Service Professor Jendayi Frazer, a leading architect of U.S.-Africa policy over the last decade, has been awarded the Distinction of Dame Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption by Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The award, given for exemplary humanitarian work, was presented to Frazer for her work in the U.S. government to end Liberia's civil war and restore peace and democracy to the country. She received the award, one of the most prestigious honors that the president can bestow, as part of Liberia's 163rd Independence Day celebration on July 21.
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Jendayi Frazer gives keynote address to Carnegie Mellon’s 19th annual International Festival, “What's Happening to Diplomacy?”
Dr. Jendayi E. Frazer will deliver the keynote address at Carnegie Mellon’s 19th annual International Festival, October 9, 2009. Her speech title will “What's Happening to Diplomacy?” This article also includes photos from the event.