March 25th, 2010
Dr. Hamid Ali, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, was invited to Washington, D.C. from March 19-20 by the United States Institute for Peace (USIP). Those invited were experts and activists from Darfur, and the purpose was to consult them on the Darfur peace process underway in Doha, Qatar. They discussed the agenda for peace, including matters of justice, reparations and reconciliation, power sharing and constitutional arrangements, and land and security. One outcome of this USIP meeting, was the formation of an eight-member committee (including Dr. Ali) to develop a document on peace negotiations to be presented to both the rebel movements and the civil society in Darfur, as a consensus-building measure. Dr. Ali reports that these measures were welcomed by the United Nations and African Union mediation teams in Doha. The efforts are being co-ordinated by Dr. Ali along with Dr. Ali Dinar from the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.