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Podcasts - May 26, 2011

Podcast: Jason Stearns on the Collapse and Future of the Congo

Jason Stearns, journalist and author of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: the Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, spoke at IPI on May 17, 2011, on his experiences in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - May 23, 2011

The Future of South Sudan

While this is an exciting period for the people of South Sudan, the future presents them (and their neighbors in the North) with many difficult challenges. The status of Abyei and postreferendum issues between North and South—such as citizenship, oil sharing, border demarcation, currency, and debts, among others—are yet to be resolved.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 17, 2011

Stearns: "Future of Congo Should Be in Hands of the Congolese"

"We need to give Congolese the tools to solve their own problems," said Jason Stearns, author of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: the Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, during an IPI event on May 17th. "At the end of the day, it’s their duty, their responsibility. No foreigner is ever going to come in and fix the Congo’s problems."  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 16, 2011

Renewing MONUSCO’S Mandate: What Role Beyond the Elections?

Should the UN Security Council limit the role of MONUSCO to the protection of civilians in eastern Congo, or should it expand its mandate in an attempt to enforce democratic principles before the elections, at the risk of confronting the incumbent regime?  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 29, 2011

Lessons Learned from the Southern Sudan Referendum Process

On April 29th, IPI hosted a lunchtime policy forum on "Lessons Learned from the Southern Sudan Referendum Process.” Professor Mohamed I. Khalil and Justice Chan Reec Madut, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, respectively, made opening remarks on the lessons learned from the year-long process to enable the people of Southern Sudan to exercise their right to self-determination.

Professor Khalil has served the Republic of the Sudan as Minister of Justice, Speaker of the Constituent Assembly, and as the first Dean of Law at Khartoum University.

Justice Chan most recently served as the Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Southern Sudan and as Legal Adviser to the First Vice President of the Republic and President of the Government of Southern Sudan.

The event was held under the Chatham House rule of non-attribution. It was moderated by Dr. Edward C. Luck.

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 28, 2011

The Way Forward For MONUSCO

One year ago, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1925, which extended the UN mandate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and renamed the mission "the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)" to reflect the trend toward increased peace consolidation and ensuring the long-term protection of civilians.  

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - April 21, 2011

Africa: Time to Take Elections Seriously

There will be seventeen presidential and legislative elections in Africa in the nine months remaining in 2011, and that fact, plus the recent violent four-month electoral standoff in Côte d’Ivoire, means the moment has come for African leaders and institutions to take elections seriously.  

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - April 15, 2011

The Failure of Democracy in Africa

The arrest of Laurent Gbagbo in the bunker of the presidential palace in Abidjan on April 11th marks a turning point in the struggle to place Alassane Ouattara, the declared winner of the December 2010 election, in his rightful place as President of the Ivory Coast.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - March 30, 2011

Darfur SRSG Gambari: "Attack on Humanitarian Community Real"

Dr. Ibrahim Gambari, the Joint Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the African Union and the United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), made this comment in an appearance at IPI on March 30th to discuss "Ending the Conflict in Darfur: Time for a Renewed Effort." 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - March 18, 2011

Løj: Elections "Test Case" for Liberia

Ellen Margrethe Løj, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the UN Mission in Liberia, said at an IPI event on March 18th that the fall elections in Liberia "would be a test case for the Liberians’ willingness to continue on the road to sustainable peace and development."  

 
 

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