Photo of the Week: Working for a Fair and Peaceful Vote

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
December 16, 2010
Voter Registration in Torit, Sudan

More photos: U.S. Department of State's Flickr photostream | State@Work

This week's photo comes from Jenn Warren at USAID and shows voter registration in Torit, the capital of the state of Eastern Equatoria in Sudan. Voter registration has just concluded for the Southern Sudan referendum, ahead of the vote scheduled for January 9th. Challenges in Sudan -- which include supporting rule of law and the democratic process while also promoting inclusion and human security -- are the type that cut across government agencies and offices. The need to address complex and connected international issues such as these is one of the motivating factors behind the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), "Leading Through Civilian Power," a blueprint for changes in the State Department and USAID that include closer integration of development and diplomacy to better prevent and respond to crisis and conflict.

Secretary Clinton recently introduced the QDDR in a town hall-style meeting. Those remarks are available here. You can also read the entire Report, which the Secretary describes as a "program of reforms that will fundamentally change the way we do business" -- it's available here.



South Korea
December 17, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

For lack of professional knowledge to talk There's a ... My idea of an African green to support the business of making, and everyone can support and enrich their continuing support of the business of making a new business do you say to a proposition. He's not easy .. At first, find water, and decent people who pay them or join them, and by providing food, medical care and education they need to get together, and foreign experts be assembled to create a lot of media interest in ...

I think the story is possible. African citizens pay $ 1 a day have been paid, a few years to several times that he was coming back to us and say they too being selfish?

They can participate is important to start a business, I think.

South Korea
December 17, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Marksmanship training in Korea for the Russians to refrain from military training to the story. Tensions in South Korea believe that will enhance hohiryeo. I do not have a great interest of its people .... Now the question is, strengthening South Korea's nervous? human rights and democracy in Korea, the labor movement to solve social problems, such as a huge constraint on all activities, hopefully - people will be psychological withdrawal. All activity stops. Both the problem, but flows in one direction too. In particular, the trial will bring much influence I think.

New Mexico, USA
December 19, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

"If south Sudan secedes, we will change the constitution," Mr Bashir told a gathering of his supporters in the eastern town of Gederef on Sunday.

"Sharia and Islam will be the main source for the constitution, Islam the official religion and Arabic the official language," the president added.


Given that many are fleeing North Sudan in fear of the anticipated division resulting from this referendum, such an announcement is in fact a statement of intent to commit ethnic and religious cleansing, promoting terrorism by decree on his own population and the forced migration of peoples, all of which represent crimes against humanity above and beyond what this dismal excuse for a leader has been charged with by the ICC.

Now, does any nation have the guts to serve that warrant?


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has rejected a call for UN troops to leave Ivory Coast as tensions rise after last month's disputed presidential election.

Incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo had earlier demanded that all foreign peacekeepers leave the country.

His spokesperson accused UN and French troops of colluding with former rebels.

The UN and major powers have recognised Mr Gbagbo's rival, Alassane Ouattara, as the winner of the 28 November poll. Mr Gbagbo insists he has won.

Mr Ouattara is currently under UN protection at a hotel in Abidjan.


The US and EU are threatening to impose sanctions in response, and that's not going to solve the problem.

Let's see if folks are willing to engage in "regime replacement therapy" and prevent a civil war from resulting from this stolen election, shall we?

"We" being those nations willing to engage in the protection of populations of course.

Half measures have proven only to prolong a people's misery and violent oppression, regardless of the money spent on development and/or humanitarian aid.

It's about time folks put pedal to the metal and solve some problems kineticly, regardless of how little political courage there is afoot in international fora to do so.

I hope folks will put this in their QDDR and get the job done better.

Better yet, since a lot of nations simply don't have the organizational capacity to do what State and USAID does with the three D's, you may start taking donastions from nations to fund these efforts if they can't contribute materially on the ground to them more than they are.

That should solve a few of your anticipated funding problems.

If the UN can't deliver peace, then it is up to the good 'ol USA time and time again.

I wonder how effective USAID could become if it enjoyed international funding and a manpower "surge" from nations that otherwise might be incapable of lending sanity the needed support on the ground?

Some may trust our accountability and training practices more than the UN's for their investment in humanity's future.

I hope I'm giving folks at State something new to think about that inspires solutions.



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