Sudan After the Referendum: What Happens Next?


Location: Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

* John Katunga; CRS regional technical adviser for peacebuilding and justice, East Africa region; Kroc Institute visiting scholar * Emmanuel Gore, master’s student in peace studies, from South Sudan * Peter Quaranto, Office of the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, ND ’06 political science/peace studies, 2006–07 Marshall Scholar * Patrick McCormick, student government * Moderator: CRS Sudan campus ambassador

Sudan has been at war with itself for much of its post-colonial history. Africa’s longest-running civil war has claimed an estimated 2.2 million people. North-south tensions go back to Sudan’s independence in 1956. Divisions are cultural and political, and huge economic disparity reflects decades of growing inequality. Starting on January 9, 2011, southern Sudanese across the country, together with those exiled and “lost boys,” risked their lives to return to their homeland to vote in the referendum to determine unity or secession from the north. Voter registration sites also were set up in the U.S., Europe, and Australia, for southern Sudanese living overseas. Sudan is at a critical juncture, and a number of potentially combustible issues need to be resolved before Sudan can peacefully become two independent nations in July. Engage in dialogue with international, U.S., and campus leaders who have been working on these issues—and learn how you can support peace in Sudan. Sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, with support from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies