Military Commands Security Responsibilities - House Armed Services Committee

Mar 18 2009 10:00 am
Mar 18 2009 12:00 pm

Full committee hearing on security developments in the areas of responsibility of the U.S. Southern Command, Northern Command, Africa Command, and Joint Forces Command.

Witnesses: Navy Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. Southern Command; Air Force Gen. Victor Eugene Renuart Jr., commander of the U.S. Northern Command and commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command; Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation for NATO; Army Gen. William Ward, commander of the U.S. Africa Command
Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building.
Date: March 18, 2009, 10 am

The New Face of Genocide in the 21st Century

Jun 7 2009 12:00 pm
Jun 10 2009 12:59 pm

"The New Face of Genocide in the 21st Century," hosted by the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)

LOCATION: Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Arlington, Virginia.  

DATE: June 7-10, 2009

Attendees and presenters, including activists and graduate students, are welcome.

The deadline for submitting paper or panel proposals is April 1.

Questions may be sent to

More information can be found here

John Prendergast panelist at a CSIS/USIP conference on Somalia

Mar 10 2009 2:00 pm
Mar 10 2009 3:00 pm

“Challenges for Renewed Engagement in Somalia”

The conference will examine current developments in Somalia and the possibilities for greater U.S. and international engagement. Speakers will include a variety of Somalia experts from the region itself, distinguished policymakers, humanitarian representatives, and security analysts. The event will be moderated by Jennifer Cooke, director of the CSIS Africa Program, and David Smock, vice president of USIP's Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution.

Location: B-1 Conference Level, CSIS, 1800 K Street NW, Washington DC 20006

Please RSVP to to attend. Press and media please specify your credentials in your RSVP.

8:15-8:45 a.m.
Senator Russell Feingold, chairman of the Subcommittee on African Affairs
9:00-9:45 a.m.
John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs (invited)
Peter Goossens, Somalia Country Director, World Food Program (via DVC) (invited)
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Jabril Abdulle, Director, Center for Research and Dialogue
Ken Menkhaus, Associate Professor of Political Science, Davidson College
Michael Weinstein, Professor, Purdue University
Chris Albin-Lackey, Senior Africa Researcher, Human Rights Watch (invited)

11:45 -12:45 p.m.
Bronwyn Bruton, Visiting Council on Foreign Relations Fellow, CSIS
Jabril Abdulle, Director, Center for Research and Dialogue
Abdi Samatar, Professor of Geography and Global Studies, University of Minnesota
Omar Faruk Osman, Secretary General, National Union of Somali Journalists 

1:00-1:45 p.m.
Ambassador Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, UN Special Envoy to Somalia

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Phil Carter, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
Terrence Lyons, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution, George Mason University
John Prendergast, Co-Founder, Enough Project


53rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Mar 2 2009 3:00 pm
Mar 13 2009 3:59 pm

53rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

United Nations Headquarters, New York City

More information here.

Congo Challenge Activist Conference Call

Mar 6 2009 1:00 pm
Mar 6 2009 2:00 pm

About This Event:

Call in to get an update on the crisis in Congo, learn more about the RAISE Hope for Congo campaign, and find out how you can help build the movement.
View your event at

Participant dial-in number: 888-674-0222 or 201-604-0498 

International dial-in number: 1-201-604-0498

Ask to be placed in the "Raise Hope for Congo's Congo Challenge launch" call.


John Prendergast, Co-Chair, Enough Project

Candice Knezevic, Congo Campaign Manager, Enough Project

Lisa Shannon

African Diaspora for Change Networking Event

Feb 27 2009 6:30 pm

What: Networking Event celebrating Black History Month under the theme "What Africans can Learn from, or Contribute to the American Civil Rights movement?"

Who: YAP in collaboration with African PAC

When: Friday, February 27, 2009, 6:30 pm

Speaker: Ms. Jeanning B. Scott, Senior Vice President, Africare

Where: Indulj Restaurant & Lounge, 1208 U Street, NW


Senate Foreign Relations Committee Roundtable on Darfur

Feb 12 2009 2:00 pm
Feb 12 2009 4:00 pm


before the


Thursday, February 12, 2009
Time: 2:00 P.M.
Place: 419 Dirksen Senate Building

Presiding: Senator Kerry



The Honorable Timothy M. Carney
Former U.S. Ambassador to Sudan
The Honorable Roger P. Winter
Special Representative on Sudan
Mr. Michael Gerson
Roger Hertog Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Mr. Jerry Fowler
President, Save Darfur Coalition

Mr. John Prendergast
Co-chair, The Enough Project

"Projecting Change and Continuity Under the Obama Administration" at Howard University

Feb 19 2009 1:00 pm
Feb 19 2009 5:00 pm

Presented by Africa Action in collaboration with Howard University African Studies Department

FEBRUARY 19 , 2009   1PM-5PM
Howard University, Blackburn Center Auditorium

Official Opening: Emira Woods
  Africa Action Board Chairperson & Co-Director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute of Policy Studies

Keynote Address: Semhar Araia- Africa analyst and lawyer, member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. Semhar formerly served as an Africa Analyst for The Elders, a US House of Representatives foreign policy legislative assistant, and an international law attorney for the implementation of the Eritrea-Ethiopia peace agreement before the
Eritrea- Ethiopia Claims Commission

Professor Shadrack Gutto-Renowned African scholar, author, educator and African Renaissance advocate (South Africa)

Experts Panel

Conflict & Militarism
Professor Mahmood Mamdani, Columbia University- Renowned author and expert in African history, politics and international relations. He has been named as one of the to 100 public intellectuals in the world by the magazine Foreign Policy in May 2008 and the UK magazine Prospect in July 2008.

Economic Policy
Neil Watkins, Executive Director, Jubilee USA Network

Global Health Policy
Krista Johnson, professor in the African Studies Department at Howard University

Environment, Climate Change & Food Security Leslie Fields, Programs Director, Sierra Club

(Drinks and bites provided)

RSVP & Information; 202-546-7961

Free Admission

USCIRF news conference

Feb 11 2009 10:30 am
Feb 11 2009 11:30 am

2247 Rayburn House Office Building

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) will hold a news conference this Wednesday to announce its recommendations designed to ensure that the fragile peace between the Khartoum government in the Northern and Southern regions is sustained and strengthened.

U.S. leadership is crucial to achieving the gains for peace that have been made to date in Sudan, including the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The CPA ended Africa's longest civil war, one in which two million people lost their lives and four million were driven from their homes. Implementing the CPA has reached a critical stage, with a referendum scheduled to take place this year on the future status of South Sudan in 2011. If the CPA is allowed to unravel, the chances of renewed hostilities between North and South Sudan will greatly increase, and the chances of achieving peace in Darfur will be significantly diminished.

Joining USCIRF will be U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health; U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)**, co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and a member of the House Appropriations Committee; and John Prendergast, Co-Chair of the Enough Project, which "is helping to build a permanent constituency to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity."

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to monitor the status of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief abroad, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related international instruments, and to give independent policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and the Congress. For more information about the Commission, see

John Prendergast at Yale Law School Panel on Congo

Feb 13 2009 2:00 pm
Feb 13 2009 4:00 pm

John Prendergast will be a panelist at an event at Yale Law School - "Warring Parties: Conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo." 

Location: Room 120, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT



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