'Survey of U.S. Policy in Sudan'

Dr. Raymond Brown, US Department of State, discusses current US policy in Sudan.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Lucy Florence Coffeehouse & Cultural Center
Leimert Park
3351 W. 43rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90008

What is being done about the situation in the Sudan?  What are the goals of the US government?  What are the key policy issues?

The staff of the UCLA African Studies Center and The Lucy Florence Coffeehouse cordially invite you to a talk with Raymond L. Brown, Ph.D., Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State.

Raymond L. Brown is Director of the Orientation Training Division at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Brown returned to the U.S. in 2002, after having served two years in The Sudan as the Charge’ d’ Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum. Dr. Brown began his Foreign Service career in 1985 after an academic and professional consulting career emphasizing international relations, conflict resolution and economic development issues.  He grew up in Los Angeles, California, and later attended Vassar College, the American University in Cairo, the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, and the Claremont Graduate School of International Relations. Dr. Brown’s Foreign Service career has included overseas postings at American Embassies in the Caribbean, South America and Africa regions including, Consular/Political Officer in Jamaica; Economic Officer in Venezuela; Office of Oceans Law and Policy in the Department of State; Economic Officer in Barbados; Regional Labor Attache’ for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean; Chief of Political and Economic Affairs in Guyana; Deputy Chief of Mission in Maseru, Lesotho; and Charge’ d’affaires in the Sudan. 

Dr. Brown grew up in south central Los Angeles and attended Edwin Markum Junior High and David Starr High School.


Sudan is the largest country in Africa, situated in Northern Africa. Sudan is one of the world's most bitterly divided countries. Most people in the northern region of the country are Muslims and those in the southern region are mostly non-Muslims. These cultural differences together with other social, economic, and political factors have plunged Sudan into one of the most violent civil wars in modern history. Just as the decades long North-South civil war was reaching a resolution, a new rebellion in the western region of Darfur began in early 2003. The rebels accused the central government of neglecting the Darfur region. Both the government and the rebels have been accused of atrocities in this war, although most of the blame has fallen on Arab militias (Janjaweed) allied with the government. The rebels have alleged that these militias have been engaging in ethnic cleansing in Darfur, and the fighting has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, many of them seeking refuge in neighboring Chad.

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