[dehai-news] (MediaForFreedom) Africa Action to Host U.S. - Africa Policy Forum: Keynote speaker Semhar Araia

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From: Biniam Tekle (biniamt@dehai.org)
Date: Tue Feb 10 2009 - 12:09:47 EST

Africa Action to Host U.S. - Africa Policy Forum_

*February 19^th Event Under the Theme of: "Projecting Change and
Continuity Under the Obama Administration"*

*WHAT:* Engaging Unheard Voices in Foreign Policy
<http://www.africaaction.org/docs/AA_HUPolicyForum2.pdf> is the first
in a series of policy forums hosted in conjunction with Howard

*Howard University
Blackburn Center
2400 6th St. NW
Washington, DC 20059*

*Thursday, February 19th
Informal Reception 5:00-7:00pm
Official Opening:
Emira Woods*, Co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute
for Policy Studies, Chairperson of the Africa Action Board of

*Keynote Address *
*Semhar Araia*, Africa analyst and lawyer, Member of the Obama-Biden
Presidential Transition Team. Semhar formerly served as an Africa
Analyst for The Elders, a US House of Representatives foreign policy
legislative assistant, and an international law attorney for the
implementation of the Eritrea-Ethiopia peace agreement before the
Eritrea- Ethiopia Claims Commission.

*Professor Shadrack Gutto*, Renowned African scholar, author and
educator. Professor Gutto is the Director of the African Renaissance
Studies at the University of South Africa. He teaches, writes and
researches in the areas of jurisprudence, constitutional property and
human rights law at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand
in South Africa.

*Experts Panel*
/Conflict and Militarism /
*Professor Mahmood Mamndani*, Renowned author and expert in African
history, politics
and international relations. He has been named as one of the top 100
public intellectuals in the
world by the US magazine Foreign Policy in May 2008 in July 2008.
Professor Mamdani
currently teaches at the Columbia University.

/Economic Policy/
*Neil Watkins,* Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network

/Environment, Climate Change and Food Security/
*Leslie Fields,* Program Director of the Environmental Justice program
at the Sierra Club.

/Global Health Policy/
*Krista Johnson,* professor in the African Studies Department at
Howard University.

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