Horn of Africa Conference

Friday, November 11, 2011 (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
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This daylong conference will focus on the situation in the Horn of Africa and explore possibilities for conflict resolution within the region.  Focusing on the historical, economic, cultural, and political sources of the conflicts, the participants will attempt an accurate diagnosis of the problems and develop practical strategies for governments, international agencies, and nongovernmental stakeholders to pursue in order to achieve a sustainable peace and improve conditions in the region. Collaborative partner: Horn of Africa Peace and Development Center.

Agenda & Speakers

8:30–9:45a

Registration

8:45a

Welcome & Introduction

9:00–10:30a

Panel 1– Regional Focus: The Status of the Horn of Africa

  • Semere Habtemariam (Chair),
  • Semhar Araia, Diaspora African Women’s Network
  • Ted Vestal, Oklahoma State University
  • Kenneth Menkhaus, Davidson College
10:45–12:15p

Panel 2– U.S. Interests in the Horn of Africa

  • Seyom Brown (Chair), Tower Center, SMU
  • Lange Schermerhorn, Ambassador to Djibouti (1998-2000)
  • Bereket Habteselassie, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Berhanu Mengistu, Old Dominion University
  • Ahmed Samatar, Macalester College
12:30–2:00p

Keynote Luncheon– Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Vice Provost, Texas Tech University; Ambassador to Ethiopia (1999-2002)

2:30–5:00p

Panel 3– Conflict Resolution in the Horn of Africa and the Way Forward

  • Yussuf Kalib (Chair), Horn of Africa Peace and Development Center; Amoud Foundation of Dallas
  • Bereket Habteselassie, University of North Carolina
  • Ted Vestal, Oklahoma State University
  • Kenneth Menkhaus, Davidson College
  • Ahmed Samatar, Macalester College
  • Berhanu Mengistu, Old Dominion University
  • Semhar Araia, Diaspora African Women’s Network
  • Lange Schermerhorn, Ambassador to Djibouti (1998-2000)
  • Tibor P. Nagy, Texas Tech; Ambassador to Ethiopia (1999-2002)
5:00p

Adjourn