Sudan: "Reflections"

Posted by Scott Gration
January 27, 2010
Special Envoy Gration With Darfuri Diaspora at USIP

About the Author: Major General (Ret) Scott Gration serves as the President's Special Envoy to Sudan.

This past week was a time to reflect and a time to listen. Since the rollout of the U.S. strategy on Sudan, we have been charging full speed ahead to implement the strategy and achieve progress in Sudan. This past week, however, was a time for us to take a moment to reflect. I met with leading Sudan activists, operational NGOs, and representatives from the Darfuri diaspora to continue our dialog. I also wanted to hear from them about their thoughts, ideas, and concerns about Sudan and about our efforts to implement the U.S. strategy to save lives and achieve meaningful progress on the ground.

On January 20, I met with leaders from four leading Sudan activist organizations: the Save Darfur Coalition, the Enough Project, the Genocide Intervention Network, and Humanity United. I took their questions on a variety of issues, including the April elections, voter registration, the U.S. Sudan policy and its first quarterly review, among other issues.

Then, on January 21, I participated in a roundtable discussion with around thirty representatives of NGOs that are operational on the ground in Sudan. Also on the panel with me were Save Darfur President, Jerry Fowler, and Edward Thomas from Chatham House. The discussion centered around finding the best way forward in dealing with the myriad issues facing Sudan.

And on Tuesday, January 26, I met with a group of Darfuri diaspora representatives at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) to listen to their ideas and to discuss the path forward in Darfur. They shared insightful comments and constructive ideas about the best way to achieve a just peace, justice, and stability for the people of Darfur.

These discussions were invaluable. The insights from those present were helpful and informative, and I will keep their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions in mind as we press forward in implementing the U.S. strategy to bring peace, stability, and prosperity to the people of Sudan. I look forward to continuing an open and fruitful dialog with all those who are passionate about bringing peace to Sudan.

Thank you for your continued interest, Scott.



Maryland, USA
January 28, 2010

Patrick in Maryland writes:

To My Friend scott Gration. :)

Who loves Susan Rice hehe. Nice :)

That is one of the things i like about Scott
he really loves people.

I trust him, he is a very special person,that
really wants to help the people of the Sudan.

Stay safe and best wishs on your mission.

..Good luck my net friend Scott..Gration our
Special Envoy to the Sudan...:)

Khalid A.
United Kingdom
January 29, 2010

Khalid A. in United Kingdom writes:

So far the policy is seen as well balanced
( not impulsive or ideological) . This is its forte . Any policy will have detractors and critics . Some oppose the the very principle of engagement .Some would like the USA not to have a policy at all.General(ret) Gration should be congratulated for his holistic approach.

Katie-Jay S.
California, USA
February 25, 2010

Katie-Jay S. in California writes:

Two days ago there was a cease fire signed by a major Darfur rebel group, and today these reports are filtering from Darfur:

General Gration, you once said you were willing to wait and see if the government of Sudan broke promises made to you. Now there has been a broken promise. What pressures and consequences will you use with Khartoum to ensure they do not continue this behavior?

Gabriel S.
California, USA
February 26, 2010

Gabriel S. in California writes:

Expert opinions, including those of the Enough Project and Human Rights Watch, state that it is too late to create the necessary conditions for free and fair elections in April. Recent attacks in Darfur confirm this. With millions living in IDP and refugee camps, why are we rushing to legitimize an indicted war criminal who's government holds the greatest responsibility for this? As we have seen from recent history, hope and well wishing is not strong strategy for Sudan and Darfur policy. The US should lead on a comprehensive, multilateral diplomatic peace surge, using the necessary pressures and consequences, which are way over-due. Peace, protection, and justice in Sudan, now.


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