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March 9, 2000
Princeton University will host a conference entitled "War and Peace in Africa"
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton University will host a conference entitled "War and Peace in Africa" on March 13 and 14, bringing together about 50 senior policymakers from around the world to discuss security challenges in Africa and potential regional and international responses.
Over the two days, conference participants -- including intelligence and military officials, diplomats, scholars and representatives of non-governmental organizations -- will discuss the dynamics of African rebel movements, conflict resolution and securing the peace, which is often a major stumbling block even when peace agreements are negotiated.
"By bringing together such a diverse group, we expect to air a wide range of perspectives and new ideas," said Princeton University Professor Jeffrey Herbst, who organized the conference. "Our focus will be on exploring solutions rather than simply identifying problems."
The final panel discussion, scheduled for 3:15 p.m. March 14, will provide policy recommendations for the next U.S. Administration. Panel participants include Dr. Pauline Baker, president of the Fund for Peace and a prominent writer on African affairs; Herbst, an expert on African politics and conflicts; and Professor Steven Metz of the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, a commentator on international security issues.
Princeton Lyman, former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and assistant secretary of state for international organizations, will give the keynote address on March 13 at 1:30 p.m.
The conference is co-sponsored by the U.S. Army War Colleges Strategic Studies Institute, and Princeton Universitys Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and African Studies Program.
An agenda for the conference is shown below.
Press coverage of this event is invited but must be cleared in advance. If you would like to attend, please contact Professor Jeffrey Herbst at (609) 258-5633, or e-mail him at herbst@Princeton.edu.
U.S. Army War College and Princeton University
War and Peace in Africa
March 13, 2000. All events on this day to be held at the Woodrow Wilson School, Robertson Hall.
1:30 - 2:30. Keynote Address: Ambassador Princeton Lyman
Now at the U.S. Institute for Peace, Lyman is former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and assistant secretary of state for international organizations.
2:45 - 4:45 pm. Panel 1: Dynamics of Rebel Movements
Col. Tom Dempsey (U. S. Army War College), "West African Rebels"
Professor Gérard Prunier (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris), "Congolese Rebels"
Dr. William Minter (Africa Policy Information Center), "Rebels in Southern Africa"
6:00 pm. Reception (Nassau Inn)
6:30 pm. Dinner (Nassau Inn)
March 14, 2000 - All events to be held in McCormick 101
8:30 - 10:15 am. Panel 2: Economics of Conflict
Col. (ret.) Dan Henk (Africa Center for Strategic Studies), "Defense Budgeting in Africa"
Mr. Steve Morrison (Center for Strategic and International Studies), "Economics of Rebellion"
10:30 - 12:00 noon. Panel 3: Dynamics of Conflict Resolution
Professor I. William Zartman (Johns Hopkins SAIS), "Conflict Resolution."
Ambassador Herman Cohen (Cohen and Woods), "Conflict Resolution: A Practitioners View"
12:00 noon - 1:15 pm. Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 pm. Panel 4: Securing Peace
Lt. Col. (ret) Tony Marley (independent consultant), "Negotiating an End to African Wars"
Ambassador Dennis Jett (Carter Center), "Difficult Tasks in Securing the Peace"
Ms. Betty Bigombe (Post-Conflict Unit, The World Bank), "Economics of Securing the Peace"
3:15 - 4:45 pm. Panel 5: Conclusion and Recommendations
Dr. Pauline Baker (Fund for Peace)
Professor Jeffrey Herbst (Princeton University)
Professor Steven Metz (U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute)