By Eric Tataw, Washington DC, USA – Thursday November 7, 2019.
The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) is organizing a roundtable discussion on the situation in Cameroon, Thursday, November 7, 2019, from 11AM to 1PM, National Telegraph has learned.
USIP is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute, founded by the US Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. In conflict zones abroad, the Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict, note on the organization’s website says.
The discussion will include a review of the recent engagements in the early October National Dialogue as well as the on-going efforts to advance peace talks hosted by the government of Switzerland in partnership with the Geneva-based H.D. Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a personal email from USIP to National Telegraph has shown.
This gathering will provide an opportunity to bring together key practitioners, policymakers and local diaspora to discuss options for constructive engagement, the email suggests.
Among others, speakers include; Professor Ajume Wingo of the University of Colorado-Boulder, Chris Fomunyoh, Ph.D., Senior associate and regional director for Central and West Africa at NDI, Joseph Sany, Ph.D., FHI360, Technical Advisor, Peacebuilding and Conflict Mitigation.
As part of guidelines for the discussion, the organization says in order to create a safe space, the roundtable discussion will be off-the-record and confidential, adding it includes no posts or blogs. This is meant to be a safe space to share and safe space requires that we trust each other, Rosarie Tucci, Director of Peace Processes and Reconciliation at the United States Institute of Peace has said.
Rosarie Tucci furthers that participants will be asked to leave phones at the door and no pictures may be taken. “Recording of proceedings are strictly prohibited and media representatives are asked to identify themselves. If these guidelines are not followed, we will be unable to invite those participants to future discussions.”
USIP says it does not support one opinion or another and does not take sides. The role of USIP is to facilitate the discussion and to help capture any outcomes. We convened this at the request of Ajume Wingo, who is informally helping to support a peaceful resolution to the conflict, said the email.