This Year in Sudan and South Sudan: CSIS Briefing with Jok Madut Jok and John Ryle

by Kenneth Anderson

Sudan and newly-independent South Sudan have featured in many news stories over the last several years; a headline in today’s Washington Post, for example, reads “South Sudan: Sudan bombed 2 oil wells in South Sudan, is massing troops near disputed border.” Elections and the formation of a new state, the on-going saga of Sudan’s leaders and the International Criminal Court, and most recently the threat of more conflict have ensured attention from the international community and the US foreign policy and national security teams.

On March 9, Friday, 9-10:30 am, CSIS will host at its Washington DC offices a panel discussion on current events in Sudan and South Sudan by two of the leading academic and NGO experts: Loyola University (Los Angeles) anthropology professor Jok Madut Jok, who is also Undersecretary, Ministry of Culture and Heritage of his homeland, South Sudan; and John Ryle, executive director of the Rift Valley Institute, the leading NGO offering policy and academic expertise on the region, and professor of anthropology and human rights practice at Bard University.  The event  will be moderated by Richard Downie, Deputy Director of the CSIS Africa Program.  RSVP information below the fold.

Friday, March 9, 2012, 9:00 am to 10:30 am

B1 Conference Center, CSIS

1800 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

(John Ryle and Jok Madut Jok are co-editors, with Justin Willis and Suliman Baldo, of The Sudan Handbook, a collection of specially commissioned essays covering Sudan and South Sudan. They will discuss issues and trends facing the two countries in the coming year, offering insights into the obstacles and opportunities they will face.)

Free to public but registration required.  Please RSVP to Katie Havranek at africa [at] csis [dot] org.

(Full disclosure – Kenneth Anderson is board chair of Rift Valley USA and a senior fellow of RVI.)

3 Responses

  1. Thanks for that Kenneth.

    As an aside, been reading some of your FASCINATING insights into NGOs and NGO accountability. Very useful for me.

  2. Thanks, Sameera – unfortunately, as I have a class to teach, I won’t be able to attend.  But these two – both, true, are friends and John is one of my oldest and closest friends – are probably the best pair in the world to talk about what is going on, directly and on the ground today, backed by decades of ground level work in Sudan.

  3. Great! I will make every attempt to go. John Ryle’s presentation would interest me.

    There are several others briefings and conferences on that same day, unfortunately. 

    Again, your own articles have been very interesting.

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