Sudans Working Group
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The Sudans Working Group (SWG) engages U.S., African, and international policymakers and stakeholders in inclusive and forward-leaning policy dialogue aimed at advancing the prospects for peace, security, and development between and within Sudan and South Sudan. The SWG serves as a space for key stakeholders to share analyses and perspectives and provide policy options for addressing critical issues related to the two countries. The SWG is currently co-chaired by Ambassador Nureldin Satti and Ambassador Donald E. Booth.
History of the SWG: The Sudan Working Group at the Wilson Center Africa Program was established in 2009. It was born as an idea by Ambassador Nureldin Satti (former Sudanese Ambassador to the US) and supported by Congressman Howard Wolpe (then-Africa Program director), Mr. Steve McDonald (who succeeded Congressman Wolpe as Africa Program director), Dr. Monde Muyangwa (Africa Program Director from 2014-2022), Ambassador Alan Goulty (former UK Ambassador to Sudan), and Africa Program staff. At the time of its creation in 2009, it was known as the Sudan Working Group. It became the Sudans Working Group after the independence of South Sudan in 2011. Ambassador Goulty and Ambassador Satti served as founding co-chairs of the SWG.
SUDANS WORKING GROUP EVENTS
Sudans Working Group: A Discussion with Mr. Bryan Hunt, Director, Office of South Sudan and Sudan, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State and Ms. Kholood Khair, Managing Partner of Insight Strategy Partners
The Wilson Center Africa Program’s Sudans Working Group met on March 23, 2022 for an off-the-record, virtual discussion with Mr. Bryan Hunt, Director, Office of South Sudan and Sudan, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State and Ms. Kholood Khair, Managing Partner of Insight Strategy Partners.
Sudans Working Group: A Discussion with Mr. Bryan Hunt, Director, Office of South Sudan and Sudan, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
The Wilson Center Africa Program’s Sudans Working Group met on November 17, 2021 for an off-the-record, virtual discussion with Mr. Bryan Hunt, Director of the Office of South Sudan and Sudan in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs.
Sudans Working Group: Facing a Watershed Year in the Sudans—Khartoum Grapples with Unrest; Juba Braces for Transitional Government
The Wilson Center Africa Program’s Sudans Working Group met on Friday, March 15, 2019, for a private roundtable discussion led by co-chairs Ambassador Nureldin Satti and Ambassador Alan Goulty. Mr. Mike Morrow, a Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Wilson Center, offered welcome remarks.
Sudans Working Group: A Private Discussion with Ambassador Chris Trott, UK Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan
Sudans Working Group Meeting: A Private Discussion with Honorable Roger Nkodo Dang, President of the Pan-African Parliament
Sudans Working Group: A Private Discussion with His Excellency Professor Ibrahim Ahmed Omer, Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of the Sudan
On February 28, 2017, the Wilson Center Africa Program convened a meeting of the Sudans Working Group that focused on new developments in U.S.-Sudan relations, as well as developments in the country’s peace process and issues of inclusivity, counterterrorism, and stability. The meeting featured a private discussion with His Excellency Professor Ibrahim Ahmed Omer, Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of the Sudan.
Ambassador Donald E. Booth
Former U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, U.S. Department of State
Ambassador Nureldin Satti
Retired UN Senior Official; Former Ambassador of Sudan to the United States, France, Portugal, Switzerland and the Vatican
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