Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
U.S. Public Diplomacy towards Sudan
An informal brownbag luncheon featuring Mr. Mark Asquino, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan
November 12, 2009
At a November 12 informal brownbag discussion at the School of Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Mark Asquino, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, discussed the current situation in Sudan and U.S. public diplomacy towards the region with students and faculty. In discussing some of the challenges of communicating U.S. policy towards Sudan, Asquino explained that the Obama administration's recent policy review had resulted in a comprehensive approach intended to address the humanitarian and security dimensions of the Darfur crisis, ensure the implementation of the referendum called for under the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement and support Sudan's important efforts in counterterrorism. Questions centered on the prospects for successfully holding referendum on southern Sudan's future status, the modalities of revenue sharing of oil profits between the north and the south, and Sudan's continuing critical development challenges.