Press Advisory

The Answer to Darfur

Experts discuss solutions to crisis in Darfur

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the ruling National Congress Party in Sudan pursues a military solution in Darfur and expands its support for armed groups committing atrocities in Chad and the Central African Republic, the international response to the crisis in Darfur lacks coordination, focus, and a clear vision for the way forward. Occasional rhetorical condemnations and unenforced or unenforceable Security Council resolutions have resulted in a collective failure to negotiate a durable peace deal, protect civilians, and hold the perpetrators of atrocities responsible for their crimes. This policy inertia can only be overcome if the international community adopts a coherent and synchronized strategy.

The Center for American Progress and the International Crisis Group invite you to a presentation of a comprehensive plan to bring about lasting peace to Darfur.

The Answer to Darfur is the first in a series of events sponsored by the newly created ENOUGH: the Project to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities. The mission of ENOUGH is to end crimes against humanity in Darfur, northern Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to prevent future mass atrocities through a “3P” strategy which protects the vulnerable, punishes the perpetrators, and promotes peace. ENOUGH, a joint initiative of the International Crisis Group and the Center for American Progress, will utilize field research, sophisticated analysis and recommendations, and targeted messaging to end this scourge on humanity once and for all.

Moderated by:
Gayle Smith, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Featured Speakers:
John Prendergast, Senior Adviser, the International Crisis Group
Colin Thomas-Jensen, Africa Advocacy and Research Manager, the International Crisis Group

RSVP for this Event

Thursday, February 01, 2007
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Admission is free.

Center for American Progress
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Washington, DC 20005
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Gayle Smith is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, she has spent much of her career in international affairs in the field. Smith served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from 1998-2001, and as Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1994-1998. She is a co-founder of ENOUGH.

John Prendergast is a Senior Adviser at the International Crisis Group. He worked in the White House and the State Department in the Clinton administration from 1996-2001 and has worked for a variety of NGOs and think tanks in Africa and the U.S. He has written or co-written seven books on Africa and is currently co-writing a book with actor Don Cheadle. He is a co-founder of ENOUGH.

Colin Thomas-Jensen is Crisis Group’s Africa Advocacy and Research Manager. Prior to joining Crisis Group in 2005, he worked for USAID as an information officer on the humanitarian response team for Darfur. He recently returned from a nine-day research trip to Chad.