PRESS CALL: Africa Policy Experts Discuss Obama, Africa and Peace As Well As Administration Appointees Clinton and Rice

Date: 
Jan 9, 2009

Contact: Eileen White Read, 202-741-6376, eread@enoughproject.org

WHAT: Teleconference on Enough Report and Expectations for the Obama Administration

WHEN: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 – 11:45 am EST to 1:00pm EST

WHERE: By telephone, ID: Enough Project

CALL-IN: 888-674-0222; international +1-201-604-0498

Please email Eileen White Read if you plan to participate.

WHO: 

John Prendergast, Co-chair of the Enough Project, an Africa policy expert, activist, and author who has participated in numerous peace processes in Africa, including his service at the National Security Council and the Department of State during the Clinton Administration.

John Norris, Executive Director of the Enough Project, a former official of the U.S. State Department, international policy and humanitarian organizations, and the United Nations. He is the author of two books and a recognized expert on Africa, genocide and international relations.

Subject of call:

  • A strategy paper on United States – Africa relations in the Barack Obama Administration, authored by Messrs. Prendergast and Norris, being released next week by the Enough Project
  • Expectations for changes in United States foreign policy toward Africa under the designated secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and the designated United Nations ambassador, Susan Rice


The paper, Obama, Africa and Peace, offers policy recommendations for the Obama Administration to fundamentally remake U.S. relations with Africa during its tenure, focusing on the most cost-effective element of U.S. foreign policy tools: peacemaking. The authors discuss strategies for reframing the overall approach to U.S. relations with Africa, including the need to replace the Bush Administration’s attitude of “for us or against us” with a more nuanced approach in which the U.S. works more closely with both African governments and civil society to shape a shared agenda. The authors also offer strategies for peacemaking and enhancing U.S. capacities for peace, along with analyses of the three deadliest conflicts the Obama Administration must help solve in Africa: Sudan, Eastern Congo, and Somalia.

Click here to read a copy of Obama, Africa and Peace, embargoed until Tuesday, January 13, 2009.

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Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, Chad, eastern Congo, northern Uganda, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. To learn more about Enough and what you can do to help, visit www.enoughproject.org.

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