Communique of the Somalia at Crossroads Conference in Columbus, Ohio http://somalican.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Final_Communique1.2900404.pdf
Somalia at Crossroads:
Foreign Intervention, Humanitarian Crisis and Aspirations for Statehood
The Ohio State University- Columbus, Ohio
January 27-28, 2012, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Rd (Friday Morning and all day Saturday)
Denney Hall 164 W 17th Avenue (Friday Afternoon Breakout Sessions)
Friday Evening- January 27, 2012
U.S. Dual Track Somalia Engagement Policy
Deborah Malac, Director of East African Affairs, The U.S. Department of State
Mr. Abukar Arman, Somalia Envoy to the United States
Moderator: Jibril Mohamed, SomaliCAN
Location: Mershon Center for International Security Studies, the Ohio State University
1501 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43201 Phone: 614.292.1681
This two-day conference will bring together some of the brightest minds in Somali affairs with the aim of deepening public discourse and understanding of the complex situation in Somalia and developing strong, pragmatic, and principled policy recommendations for, post-transition political development in Somalia. Issues discussed include the national roadmap, piracy, humanitarian crisis, frontline state military interventions, Diaspora remittance challenges and community development issues.
Key presentations include:
For additional details, contact:
Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus Mayor
Prof. Ahmed I Samatar, Macalester College
Prof. Michael Weinstein, Purdue University
Debbie Malac, Director of East African Affairs, the U.S. Department of State
Abukar Arman, Somalia Envoy to the United States
Dr. Abdinur Mohamud, former Somalia Education Minister
Prof. Liban Egal, George Mason University
Prof. Abdikarim Gole, Ohio State University
Khadra Mohamed, MSW, Center for Somali Women's Advancement
Dr. Kadigia Mohamud, University of Rome
Dr. Abdirahman Abdullahi, Mogadishu University
Prof. Deanna Wilkinson, Ohio State University
Mohamoud Abdulle, Education Policy Analyst, Ottawa, Canada
Sadia Aden, Activist
Fowsia Abdulkadir, Public Policy Analyst
Prof. Yusuf Ahmed Nur, Indiana University
Dr. Hussein Ali Yusuf, George Mason University
Mohamed Abdi, DC Government
Warsame Jirde Warsame, Hiiraan Online
Dr. Ali Said Fiqi, Somali Consititutional Committee of Experts
Hon. Carlton Weddington, State Representative
Abdullahi Mohamed Nur, Franklin County
Abdikhayr Soofe, New Americans Initiative
Matthew Petit, Somalia Officer, U.S. Department of State
Suldan Guled, Vice President, Somali Development Foundation
Sahid Ali, Columbus Schools
Awil Ibrahim, Columbus Schools
Abdullahi Ahmed, Library of Congress
Dayib Mohamed Sheikh, Universal TV
Abukar Saney, MAS Youth Center
Mohamed Moallim Columbus Schools
Laura Joseph, Center for African Studies, the Ohio State University
Jibril Mohamed, President/CEO, SomaliCAN
The organizers are grateful for all your support and participation.
Jibril Mohamed, SomaliCAN
Laura Joseph, Center for African Studies, Ohio State University
Dr. Abdinur Mohamud, former Somalia Education Minister
Abdikarim Gole, Somali Language Program, the Ohio State University
Abukar Osman, Rajo Movement
Columbus is home to many who fled the anarchy into which the African nation of Somalia descended beginning in the early 1990s.
Now, in 2012, the city may be home to the beginnings of an end to the violence and bloodshed that continues to wrack the country.
A conference entitled “Somalia at Crossroads: Foreign Intervention, Humanitarian Crisis and Aspirations for Statehood” will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan 27 and 28 in Hagerty Hall, 1755 College Road, and Denney Hall, 164 W. 17th Ave., both on the campus of Ohio State University.
Conference sponsors include the Ohio State University Somali Language Program, Center for African Studies at OSU, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, African Studies Program at Ohio University, Columbus Council on World Affairs, Somali Community Access Network, Somali Education Association and U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
“Somalia has been in a state of violence and conflict for over two decades now,” Jibril Mohamed, president and chief executive officer of the Northland-based Somali Community Access Network, said last week. “Many attempts were made to bring together the sides that were fighting for power in Somalia. So far, almost all of them are not successful.”
Approximately 16 conferences have been held in recent years in a variety of countries surrounding Somalia and in the Middle East, Mohamed added.
“All of those resulting in nothing much more than a transitional system that was not functioning,” he said.
The local conference seeks to bring together intellectuals, Somali and non-Somali, “who have a deep understanding of what’s going on” in the strife-torn nation, he indicated.
“They envision ways to handle that conflict and end it once and for all,” Mohamed said.
Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa at the U.S. State Department, was invited to be one of the speakers but will not be able to attend, according to Mohamed. However, he will be represented by a delegation of officials from the State Department.
Confirmed speakers include:
• Professor Ahmed I. Samatar, the James Wallace Professor of International Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
• Professor Michael Weinstein, Somalia analyst at Purdue University
• Abdinur Sheikh Mohamed, former minister of education in Somalia
• Abukar Arman, Somalia’s special envoy to the United States
• Abdikarim Gole, Somali language lecturer at Ohio State
• Khadra Mohamed of the Center for Somali Women’s Advancement
Elected state and local officials have also been invited to address the conference.
The conference has three major goals, according to Mohamed.
The first is to produce a communiqué by the end of the gathering stating the position of conference attendees on the way to move forward after the current transitional government in Somalia ceases in August.
Second will be to bring to the attention of policymakers, including those in the U.S. State Department, the frustration Somali-Americans feel regarding the continued violence in their homeland.
And third, Mohamed said, will be to show that Columbus and its Somali community are “powerful, capable of thinking about our motherland and finding solutions for them, and following them up with actions.”
“That’s the country that gave us the life that we have,” Mohamed said. “That’s where we were born. Most Somalis have relatives and friends in Somalia.
“There is a great connection between the Somali-Americans and the Somalis living in Somalia.”
Key presentations at the conference, which is free and open to the public, will include:
• Foreign Intervention, Humanitarian Crisis and the Quest for Political Stability in Somalia
• U.S. Engagement in Somalia: Dual Track Policy Aims and Implications
• Debunking the Roadmap: A Tool for Statehood or Death-knell for Disintegration?
• Natural vs. Manmade: The Politics of Famine in the Horn
• Post-Transitional Federal Government Somalia: Political Parties and National Grassroots Movements as Clan Alternatives: Planting the Seeds for Sustainable Social and Political Institutions.
Somali Graduation and Scholarship Committee
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