African Politics & Peace

Sudan at a Crossroads

May 2, 2024
10:00 am
Hybrid policy seminar

Hosted by International Food Policy Research Institute

This IFPRI policy seminar will reflect on urgent data, analytical, and policy needs to mitigate food insecurity and revitalize food systems in Sudan. Several interrelated issues will be addressed, including options for policy engagement in the absence of a legitimate government, the viability of balancing immediate humanitarian needs with longer-term investments in agricultural development, and possible post-conflict scenarios that might affect priority-setting for the food system. The event will bring together researchers from IFPRI’s Sudan country program, conflict analysts, humanitarian donors, and country experts in a hybrid format.

Welcome Remarks

  • Danielle Resnick, Senior Research Fellow, Development Strategies and Governance Unit (DSG), IFPRI

Overview Remarks from USAID

  • Tyler Beckelman, Deputy Assistant Administrator, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Africa Bureau

Sudan’s Conflict and Complex Emergencies

  • Alex de Waal, Professor and Executive Director, World Peace Foundation, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

Food Security Before and During the War: Evidence from National Rural Household Survey

  • Khalid Siddig, Senior Research Fellow, Development Strategies and Governance (DSG) Unit and Sudan Country Strategy Support Program Leader, IFPRI

Shocks, Coping, and Livelihood Strategies due to the War

  • Oliver Kiptoo Kirui, Research Fellow, Development Strategies and Governance (DSG) Unit, Sudan Country Strategy Support Program, IFPRI

Economic Costs of the War and Recovery Options

  • Karl Pauw, Senior Research Fellow, Foresight, Policy, and Modeling (FPM) Unit, IFPRI

Local and External Competencies for Peacebuilding in Sudan

  • Ibrahim Elbadawi, Managing Director of the Economic Research Forum and former Sudan Minister of Finance

Closing Remarks

  • Johan Swinnen, Managing Director, Systems Transformation, CGIAR; Director General, IFPRI


    • Danielle Resnick, Senior Research Fellow, Development Strategies and Governance Unit (DSG), IFPRI

Crisis in The Horn of Africa

May 1, 2024
3:00 pm

The Kent Global Leadership Program in Conflict Resolution at Columbia SIPA, in conjunction with SIPA’s Institute of Global Politics, will host a panel discussion with leading experts on issues facing the countries of the Horn of Africa. Event video available here.


  • Alex deWaal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor, Tufts University
  • Mulugeta Gebrehiwot, World Peace Foundation, Tufts University
  • Meskerem Geset, human rights lawyer
  • Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Director of SIPA’s Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution; former UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping
  • Haile Menkerios, Eritrean and UN diplomat
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; 67th Secretary of State and former Senator from New York; IGP Faculty Advisory Board Chair (moderator)

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