With the advent of independence for Southern Sudan, the name of the Sudan Programme has been changed to the Sudanese Programme.
The Sudanese Programme aims to be a neutral forum to promote dialogue and understanding between all Sudanese through conferences and lectures dealing with present day issues and problems.
The original inspiration of the programme was to enable dialogue, especially about the peace process, between Northern and Southern Sudanese.
It is hoped that the programme will monitor the progress of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement reached between the Sudan Government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army on the 9th January 2005.
In addition to the peace process the programme also covers cultural, social and other political issues facing the Sudanese.
Since its establishment, St Antony's College has had, and continues to have, close links with Africa and the Middle East through the Middle East Centre and African Studies Centre. Many Sudanese, past and present, have come to the College as postgraduate students, Senior Associated Members and as visitors.
The Sudanese Programme has succeeded in widening dialogue to political groupings that had previously been excluded from the peace process. The programme has enabled the discussion in a neutral environment of issues relating to the political future of the Sudan through five conferences.
The major achievement of the programme has been to bring together Sudanese who would not normally have meaningful face to face dialogue. It is hoped that such contacts will aide future diplomacy between opposing political groupings and thus lead to peace and understanding.
Sudanese Programme Conferences and Lectures: 1998-2010
Conferences and lectures held so far include:
Chair: Dr Richard Barltrop
A Lecture by Imam Al-Sadig Al-Mahdi
Conference Programme (Word document)
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Conference Programme (Word document)
Conference Programme (pdf file)
General (Ret.) Lazaro Sumbeiwyo
Response of the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM/A) by: H.E. Sayyid Yahia Husain Babikir (Minister of State for International Cooperation, Government of National Unity, Sudan)
Response of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement(SPLM/A) by: H.E. Mr. Nhial Deng Nhial (Minister for SPLA Affairs, Government of South Sudan)
Supported by Eiman Hamza Baldo, Suhair Sharif, Farouk Fadl, Sally Wood and Others
Mr Harry Verhoeven (St. Cross College, Oxford University)
Mr Mohamed Moniem Mansour(Oxford Brookes University)
Supported by Eiman Hamza Baldo, Suhair Sharif, Farouk Fadl, Sally Wood and others
Detailed programme and information (Word doc)
Speakers: Justice John Gatwech Lul (Member of the Constitutional Court, Republic of Sudan) and Dr Abdelrahman Ibrahim El-Khalifa (President, Sudan Bar Association) Conference Programme (pdf file)
Melanie Bunce (Green-Templeton College) “International News Production on Conflict in Sudan”
Arttu Ahava (Linacre College) “No Going Back: Christian Conversion among the Bor Dinka”
Marc Gustafson (St. John’s College) “The Intersection of Democracy and Peace-Keeping in Sudan”
Julian Warczinski (St. Antony’s College) “Sudan’s Peace Agreement: A Comparative Perspective of the Addis Ababa Agreement (1972) and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (2005)”
Katharine Marsh (Lady Margaret Hall) “The Question of the Sudanese Diaspora”
Zoe Cormack (St. Antony’s College) “Veterinary Medicine in Southern Sudan: Social histories of epizootic control and biomedical knowledge in Lake State”
Harry Verhoeven (St. Cross College) “Hydropolitics around the Nile. Water Policy at the Crossroads of Conflict, Ecological Scarcity and (under) Development” (If he is in Oxford on 10th March)
Philip Roessler (St. Peter’s College) and Ahmed Al-Shahi (St.Antony’s College) “Collaborative Research on Ethnicity and Citizenship in Sudan”
Richard Barltrop (Independent Researcher and Consultant on Sudan) “The International Community and the Resolution of Conflict in Sudan”
An International Conference on: “General Elections and Referendum on Self-Determination: Are They Separable?” - 31 Oct 2009
Conference on “Sudan: Four Years of the Implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)” - 13 Jun 2009
Topics discussed: The Status of Power Sharing, Wealth Sharing, and Security Arrangement
An International Conference on “Local, Regional and National Dimensions of Identity in Sudan” - 14 Feb 2009
Lecture “The Indictment Effort by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its Implication for the Peace Process in Sudan” - 19 Nov 2008
Lecture “Darfur in Comparative Perspective: Regime Crises, Ethnic Exclusion and Civil War in Africa” - 26 Nov 2008
Lecture "Three of a Kind? China, India and Malaysia in Oil-rich Sudan" - 23 Jan 2008
Seminar "Deconstructing Darfur" - 17 Jan 2008
Professional Young Sudanese Women and their Role in the Future of Their Country - Mar 2007: covering the role of women in business, economic development, promoting peace and Sudan's media. For futher information please see the Conference Programme
Slavery in Sudan and its Impact on the Peace Process - Nov 2005: The aim of this conference was to discuss the controversial issue of slavery and the abduction of people from southern Sudan. The conference was addressed by Mr Bona Malwal, John Eibren (Christian Solidarity International), Mr James Aguer (Chairman of Dinka Chiefs Committee) and Dr Fethelrahman Hamanda (Former Executive Director of the Sudan Human Rights Organization- Cairo).
Prospects for Peace in Sudan: Previewing the Ongoing Peace Process - Nov 2003: the aim of this conference was to provide the platform for Sudanese political groups and individuals, who were not included in the peace negotiations to express their opinions about what had been achieved in the peace negotiations.
South Sudan Political Consultative Conference, held at the Oxford Hotel, Oxford, in August 2003, was attended by southern Sudanese politicians, army commanders, academics, civil servants, churchmen etc. The aim of the conference was to discuss the implications of the Machakos Protocol and its impact on the future of southern Sudan and on south-north relations. Moreover, a number of talks relating to Sudan's political problems and civil wars were given at the College and organized by The Sudan Programme.
The Prospects for Conflict Resolution in Sudan - May 2003: this conference was addressed by Mr Abel Alier (former Vice President of the Republic of Sudan) and Mr Khlafalla El-Rasheed (former Chief Justice of Sudan). Representatives of many political parties as well as the Government of Sudan took part in the discussion and dialogue.
The Future of Peace Negotiations in Sudan - Feb 2002: the conference was addressed by Sayyid Al-Sadig Al-Mahdi (former Prime Minister of Sudan and President of the Umma Party) and Dr Peter Nyot Kok (an academic, a lawyer, member of the political leadership of the SPLM/SPLA and Minister of Higher Education).
A workshop entitled "Al-Tayyib Salih: Seventy Candles", was held in April 1998 to honour the Sudanese writer and novelist, Mr Al-Tayyib Salih. A number of scholars and writers contributed to this meeting which coincided with his 70th Birthday. The papers were published in 1999 and edited by Dr Ahmed Al-Shahi and Dr Ami Elad-Bouskila.
The participants of the Sudanese Programme conferences have included representatives from many political groupings including the Sudan Government, the SPLM/A, the National Congress Party, the Umma Party, the Sudan Democratic Forum, the National Democratic Alliance, the Beja Congress and visitors from Darfur and the Nuba Mountains.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office have also participated in our conferences as well as representatives from Oxfam, Amnesty International and various diplomats, refugees and representatives of Diaspora organisations
The academic community including students, researchers and Sudan specialists as well as a number of ex-Sudan Political Service personnel, businessmen, lawyers, journalists and women's organisations have also participated.
The Sudanese Programme is organised on a voluntary basis by:
Dr Ahmed Al-Shahi, MA, M. Litt, DPhil (Oxon).
Mr Bona Malwal, Diploma (Indiania University), B.SC (St John's University, New York), MA (Columbia University).
For more information about the Sudanese Programme please contact:
Dr Ahmed Al-Shahi
Tel. International: +44 1865 284707