Carnegie Mellon University
December 18, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Jendayi Frazer, Actor Ben Affleck and Others To Brief Congress on the Security Situation in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Contact: Shilo Rea / 412-268-6094 /

Jendayi FrazerCarnegie Mellon University's Jendayi Frazer will join Oscar winner Ben Affleck, founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, 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. The briefing will take 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, 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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