Resolving Conflict in Africa: Is Sudan a Model?
Recorded on November 22, 2002
The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center
Despite the vibrancy of the continent's inhabitants and vast
economic potential, Africa remains plagued by political instability
and grinding poverty. For years, Western efforts to resolve these
problems have been frustratingly elusive.
The Bush Administration's recently released National Security
Strategy of the United States of America identified Africa's
instability and poverty as national security concerns. To address
this concern, the strategy charts a policy course that focuses on
working with America's allies to "help strengthen Africa's fragile
states, help build indigenous capability to secure porous borders,
and help build up the law enforcement and intelligence
infrastructure to deny havens for terrorists."
No better case study in the practical application of this policy
exists than Sudan. Wracked by years of civil war, unspeakable
humanitarian crises, regional instability pressures, and the
presence of international terrorists, Sudan is nearly a perfect
example for Africa's troubles. Yet despite these formidable
shortcomings, the prospect for Sudan's return to stability through
peace and international cooperation are within reach. For the past
year, the United States has pursued close diplomatic consultations
and fostered international partnerships that have been successful
in moving the rival factions to resume peace talks in Kenya.
Moreover, President Bush signed the Sudan Peace Act of 2002,
sending a clear message that the U.S. intends to end the fighting
and stem the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.
If this policy course leads to solid prospects for peace in Sudan,
what then are the implications for America's strategy toward the
Join us for a speech on the President's agenda for resolving
conflict in Africa by Assistant Secretary of State for African
Affairs, Walter Kansteiner.