BRIEF REPORT ON:
ACADEMIC VISIT OF THE DELEGATION FROM CENTRE FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF BAHRI, SUDAN TO INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPING NATIONS, UNIVERSITY OF EMROY AND THE CATER CENTER IN ATLANTA, USA, DECEMBER 2nd to 6th, 2015
Dialogue with Peace Builders from the Sudan
Photo: Dr. FaizJamei and member of the delegate, Dr. GumaKundaKomey and Dr. Buthaina EL-Naiem and Dr Hafiz Ahmed A bdalla, handing the University Emblem to Dr. SitaRanchod-Nilsson, Director of the Institute of Developing Nations (IDN), Emory University, Atlanta
|The Sudan delegation from University of Bahri’s Center for Peace and Development included: |
Faiz Omer Mohamed Gamie, Director of the Center for Peace and Development Studies (CPDS)
GumaKundaKomey, chief editor of the Journal of Peace Studies, CPDS, one of the three initiators of the program with South Sudan universities, and a core member of the project “Towards a Paradigm Shift in Conflict Analysis and Resolution Mechanisms in Sudan and South Sudan”
Buthaina Ahmed Elnaiem, head of the research department, CPDS, and project manager of the project “Toward a Paradigm Shift in Conflict Analysis and Resolution Mechanisms in Sudan and South Sudan”
Hafiz Ahmed Abdalla Ibrahim, external relation officer, CPDS
Prospects for Peace: The View from Sudan
December 3, 2015—The Carter Center
A roundtable discussion at The Carter Center focused on the current prospects for building peace in Sudan. The panelists included the four members of the delegation from the University of Bahri and Abdullahi An-Na’im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory School of Law. John Goodman, associate director in the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center, moderated the discussion. Some of the questions included: Can there be peace in either Sudan or South Sudan without attaining peace in both countries? What are the prospects for peace inside Sudan now? How does the situation in Sudan compare to two, five, 10, and 50 years ago? What are the prospects for the current national dialogue process in Sudan to become more inclusive? If that effort is not successful, what is the potential impact on Sudan and on relations between Sudan and South Sudan?
In responding to these questions, the panelists spoke about the historical and social interconnectedness of the two Sudans. For example, more than five million Sudanese and South Sudanese are living on either side of the shared border. The two groups interact regularly, crossing the border for seasonal migrations and trade, as they have for centuries.
Along with these historic linkages, the on-going conflicts in both countries – in Darfur and in the so-called “Two Areas” (both in Sudan) and the civil war in South Sudan – are all taking place on or near the border areas. Even after the separation of the South, Sudan and South Sudan remain deeply connected in war and peace. In this context of continuing conflict, the University of Bahri and others are focusing on a “paradigm shift” in peacemaking efforts that places less stress on high-level negotiations and emphasizes a stronger role for civil society in the peacemaking process.