CIPI News and Events
During the first week in August, the President Obama hosted an historic U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC, inviting 50 Heads of State, regional leaders, business and non-governmental leaders to take part in the high-level meetings focused on investing in Africa’s next generation. It is the first time a U.S. President has hosted a gathering of this type. CIPI's team took part in a number of meetings during the weeklong activities; Carnegie Mellon was also represented during the forum events by Dr. Bruce Krogh, Director of Carnegie Mellon University-Rwanda, Andrea Ponce, Director of International Program Development in the College of Engineering, and Debra Tekavec, CMU Director of Federal Relations.
Students from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College took part in the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (ISCNE), a two-day experiential learning simulation. The exercise was designed to challenge students by forcing them to assume new and unfamiliar roles and positions, and to provide students with the opportunity to hone their strategic thinking, decision-making and negotiation skills. CIPI was represented in the exercise by its Executive Director, Kendra Gaither. The exercise pairs student groups with former career diplomats as mentors, and Kendra Gaither, a former Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State, served as a mentor for one of the seven teams.
The Center for International Policy & Innovation (CIPI) and Heinz College Washington DC are pleased to present a special screening of the film Sweet Dreams in commemoration of Women's History Month. This award-winning documentary is being presented in Washington, D.C., as part of Carnegie Mellon University’s eighth annual International Film Festival, Faces of Work. It will mark the first time that a film selected for the festival will be screened at a separate Carnegie Mellon campus.
CIPI to Sponsor Screening of Critically-Acclaimed Documentary “Sweet Dreams” in the 2014 CMU International Film Festival
The Center for International Policy & Innovation (CIPI) is proud to return as a sponsor of the 2014 Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival. Now in its eighth year, the festival will exhibit films from nineteen countries from March 20 to April 5, 2014. This year, as part of the festival’s theme “Faces of Work,” CIPI will present the screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary “Sweet Dreams,” a film that chronicles a group of Rwandan women who have emerged from the devastation of the 1994 genocide to create a new future for themselves.
Jendayi Frazer, CIPI director and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, delivered the keynote address at Carnegie Mellon’s 2014 Martin Luther King celebration. In her address honoring Dr. King, “Leading with Courage and Conviction,” Frazer examined the qualities of leadership and courage. View the video of her remarks:
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.
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.
On December 7-8, 2012, Brown University will hold the annual Achebe Colloquium on Africa, convened by Chinua Achebe, celebrated author and Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown. The university describes the Colloquium as a forum that “brings together an international group of scholars, officials from African governments, the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and other organizations for two days of intense deliberation and exchange of ideas on the importance of strengthening democracy and peace on the African continent.” Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Carnegie Mellon University Professor and Director of the Center for International Policy & Innovation (CIPI) will deliver remarks during the forum whose theme is “Governance, Security, and Peace in Africa.”
On Monday, December 3, the Center for International Policy & Innovation (CIPI) invites you to join us for a conversation with Akunna Cook, a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, to discuss careers at the State Department. Ms. Cook, a career Foreign Service Officer specializing in economics issues, is visiting Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a guest lecture on economic statecraft and agreed to hold a special meeting with students to discuss careers opportunities at the State Department. The roundtable discussion will be held in the University Center Peter Room from 5:00-6:00pm.
Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) and Distinguished Public Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon, led a foreign policy conference call on the relationship between Sudan and newly independent South Sudan. The September 27 event was part of The Council on Foreign Relations’ Academic Conference Call series, which gives students around the country the opportunity to hear experts discuss various topics related to international affairs. Frazer opened the discussion by giving the audience an overview of the strained relations between Sudan and South Sudan, and described how these current tensions might be alleviated.
Dr. Jendayi Frazer, CIPI Director 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. 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. 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.
New Book by CMU Professor and Former US Envoy to Africa Jendayi Frazer Focuses on "Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa"
Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College congratulates Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Awarded annually, the highly regarded and internationally recognized prize is given to the person who, according to the Prize’s namesake Alfred Nobel, has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
Daron Christopher’s work as a CIPI Research Associate has given him several occasions to put his Peace Corps experience into practice. When Christopher joined the CIPI research team, the center was organizing the Conference on Mitigating the Use of Violence in Liberia's 2011 Electoral Contests, which afforded him the opportunity to interact with key African policymakers working to promote democracy and combat electoral violence. Christopher’s research for the conference focused on assessing and evaluating trends in political and electoral violence in Liberia.
This past December, while the majority of Heinz College students were immersed in last-minute cramming sessions for fall semester finals, Daron Christopher, a first year student in the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management program’s DC track, found himself in the midst of a different challenge. Christopher spent a week in the West African nation of Liberia as part of a team working to ensure an election free of violence.
CIPI and Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition: Forum on January 2011 Sudan Vote, with Dr. Jendayi Frazer
Student roundtable on politics in Sudan, developments in Darfur with Timothy Shortley, U.S. State Department
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.
The Honorable Amara M. Konneh, Minister of Planning & Economic Affairs, Republic of Liberia, speaks at Heinz College Convocation “Leadership for Development.”
The Honorable Amara M. Konneh, Minister of Planning & Economic Affairs, Republic of Liberia, will be the featured speaker at the November 16, 2009 Heinz College Convocation. Konneh’s convocation lecture, entitled “Leadership for Development,” will focus on the importance of strong leadership in the development and rebuilding of a country like Liberia.
Jendayi Frazer gives keynote address to Carnegie Mellon’s 19th annual International Festival, “What's Happening to Diplomacy?”
Dr. Jendayi E. Frazer, a policy leader and expert on African Affairs, will deliver the keynote address to Carnegie Mellon’s 19th annual International Festival. Her topic will be “What's Happening to Diplomacy?”. Frazer joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon earlier this year as Distinguished Service Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, and in the H. John Heinz College's Schools of Public Policy and Management.
A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Faida M. Mitifu, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Ambassador Mitifu is visiting Carnegie Mellon to deliver a guest lecture on Conflict Mediation and Public Diplomacy in Dr. Jendayi Frazer’s Diplomacy and Statecraft Course. She has testified before the Congressional Subcommittee on Africa on the crisis in the Great Lakes region and frequently offers lectures and participates in television interviews to discuss the Congo and its post‐conflict recovery.
Heinz College faculty members Lee Branstetter, Jendayi Frazer and Robert Wilburn participated in a panel session on the Pittsburgh G20 Summit.
The panel of Carnegie Mellon experts shared their perspectives on:
- the performance of fiscal and monetary policies implemented to stimulate global economic recovery,
- regulation of international financial institutions,
- the challenges faced by developing economies,
- restarting international trade negotiations.