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CFR Academic Conference Call on Post-Referendum Sudan

11 am to noon, Thursday, February 17, 2011 HHH 175

MPP Student Chet Bodin will host this call

Please RSVP to Sherry Gray, if you can, but all are welcome.

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the CFR Winter/Spring 2011 Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, February 17, 11:00 am to Noon (CT).

Katherine Almquist, former assistant administrator for Africa at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Payton L. Knopf, international affairs fellow in residence at CFR, will discuss the political implications of Southern Sudan's nearly unanimous vote to secede from the North.

Ms. Almquist has held a number of positions at USAID, including mission director for Sudan, special assistant and senior policy adviser to the USAID administrator, and director of the Sudan Task Force. While at USAID, she was responsible for providing policy direction and program coordination for its activities in Sudan and preparing the agency's post-conflict assistance strategy. Most recently, Ms. Almquist was senior fellow for security and development at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. From 1992 to 1999, she worked for the international relief and development agency World Vision in both Washington, DC, and Geneva, Switzerland.

In addition to his work at CFR, Mr. Knopf is a U.S. Department of State foreign service officer. He previously served as the political officer on the staff of U.S. special envoy for Middle East peace George Mitchell. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Knopf was based at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum covering the conflict in Darfur, and worked as an adviser to U.S. special envoys for Sudan Andrew Natsios and Richard Williamson to support their efforts to restart negotiations between the Darfur rebel movements and the Sudanese government.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) Maggie Fick, "More Sudans, More Problems?" Foreign Policy, January 25, 2011. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/01/25/more_sudans_more_problems

2) Rebecca Hamilton, "Letter from Abyei: Neither North Nor South: Where a Sudanese Civil War Could Begin," Foreign Affairs, January 20, 2011. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/features/letters-from/letter-from-abyei-neither-north-nor-south?cid=emc-acc_sudan-fa_letter_from_abyei-020411

3) John Campbell, "Moving Forward in Sudan," First Take, Council on Foreign Relations, January 10, 2011. http://www.cfr.org/democracy-and-human-rights/moving-forward-sudan/p23765?cid=emc-acc_sudan-moving_forward_sudan-020411

4) Michael Abramowitz and Andrew S. Natsios, "Sudan's Secession Crisis: Can the South Part From the North Without War?" Foreign Affairs, January/February 2011.

5) Katherine Almquist, "Renewed Conflict in Sudan" CPA Contingency Planning Memorandum No. 7, Council on Foreign Relations, March 2010.

Additional Resources:

1) "Crisis Guide: Darfur," Interactive, Council on Foreign Relations, June 2009.

2) John Campbell, "Africa in Transition," Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

Best regards, Irina
Irina A. Faskianos Vice President, National Program & Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations

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