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APRIL 4, 2024, FFD: Introduction to Cameroon's “Anglophone Crisis”

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Following is a brief description of the program, Introduction to Cameroon's "Anglophone Crisis" , and a short bio of our speaker, Suzanne Ghais, Ph.D.

TOPIC: While wars in Ukraine and Gaza grab headlines, other conflicts go under-reported. One such conflict is the “Anglophone Crisis”, a separatist conflict in Cameroon. Claiming they are treated as second-class citizens, some people in the portion of the country that was previously under British rule argue their only hope is to have a state of their own, "Ambazonia”.  Mass protests in 2016 were met with government force, leading to a civil war still raging today. Learn about the origins of this bloody conflict, efforts to bring peace, and what Americans can do. 

BIO: Suzanne Ghais, Ph.D., principal at Ghais Mediation and Facilitation, LLC and executive director of the peacebuilding NGO Pathfinders4Peace, is an expert on conflict resolution and peace processes. She has over 25 years' experience as a facilitator, mediator, and trainer in several contexts including peace processes, internal organizational matters, and environmental issues. Dr. Ghais has served as an adjunct faculty member at American University’s School of International Service and the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies, teaching conflict assessment, conflict prevention, and international negotiation. She has conducted dozens of training courses on mediation, facilitation, arbitration, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. She is the author of Extreme Facilitation: Guiding Groups through Controversy and Complexity (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2005) as well as numerous articles. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, her Master’s degree from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (now the Carter School) at George Mason University, and her Ph.D. in international relations from American University’s School of International Service.

You will receive a link on April 4, 2024, to join the Zoom meeting at 6:30 pm from PDG Jim Halderman.