Armed conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan has left nearly 1.5 million people homeless, 50,000 dead, and hundreds of thousands susceptible to potentially life-threatening diseases. The humanitarian crisis prompted Congress to pass a resolution declaring the situation a genocide. Although a rough consensus has emerged that foreign peacekeepers are needed—in July, the U.N. Security Council gave the Sudanese government 30 days to protect Darfur's citizens— only monitors have been deployed.
Richard C. Holbrooke, Senator Jon S. Corzine (D-NJ), and Francis M. Deng recently visited Darfur and will participate in a briefing to discuss ways to end the ethnic conflict, expand humanitarian access, and increase the role of the African Union.
Holbrooke served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1999 to 2001, and was chief negotiator at the 1995 Dayton Peace talks, which ended the war in Bosnia. Corzine is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Deng, co-director of the Brookings-SAIS Project in Washington and nonresident senior fellow at Brookings, served as representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons from 1992 until August 2004.
Panelists will take questions following their remarks.