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Canada's role in the future of Sudan

2011-01-27

Queen’s University Centre for International Relations Senior Fellow John Schram is available to talk about the future of Sudan.

Mr. Schram – who was the Ambassador to Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan from 1998 through 2002 – feels that there are three main issues now that the referendum is complete: the negotiation between the north and the south with regards to oil and the frontier; the separate referendum in the oil-rich region of Abyei; and whether Canada will respond to international requests to support the new state.

“Canadians are going to be asked to ante-up for peace-building and nation-building. We’re going to come under pressure from the Americans who have been in the lead all along. We’ve got quite an investment in Sudan as a country. However, we also have a skeptical public and a non-interventionist government, and there’s a sense of weariness and reluctance to do what the Americans want us to do. After Iraq and Afghanistan, do Canadians have the stomach for another nation-building program?” says Mr. Schram, who spent 36 years working on African issues with the Canadian Department of External Affairs.

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