Panels Put the Spotlight on Conflict in Sudan

Posted: November 8, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Local and international experts will discuss the conflict in the Republic of the Sudan and the crisis in the western Sudanese state of Darfur in back-to-back events tomorrow. Both panel discussions will be held in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall. Sudan, the largest country in Africa, borders the Red Sea south of Egypt and north of Eritrea and Ethiopia.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the first panel will discuss “The North-South Conflict in Sudan and the Prospects for a Durable Peace—Security, Power-sharing, and Wealth-sharing” based on agreements between the Sudanese government and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Mason’s Hazel McFerson, associate professor, Public and International Affairs, will moderate the panel. Panelists are Steve Wondu, ambassador and representative of the SPLM to the United States; Jeni Klugman, lead economist on Sudan for the World Bank; Sarah Newhall, president and CEO, Pact International, Washington, D.C.; and Terrence Lyons, assistant professor, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), George Mason. Provost Peter Stearns will give the welcoming address.

In the afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m., the second panel will focus on “The Crisis in Darfur, Western Sudan.” Joe Madison of WOL-AM radio and coordinator of the Sudan Campaign, Washington, D.C., will moderate the discussion. Panelists include Lyons; Rahim Sabir, United Nations specialist on Darfur; and members of the Africa Working Group at ICAR.

The events are sponsored by the Office of the Provost, ICAR, and the Department of Public and International Affairs. Light refreshments will be served at both sessions. For further information, contact McFerson at 703-993-2961 or

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