The Distinctive Lecture is a quarterly, open lecture about important subjects within local, regional, and national public-interest issues. The lecture is presented by invited specialist researchers, experts, government leaders, politicians, or civil community activists – whether Sudanese or from abroad. After the lecture, the audience is given an opportunity to participate. In addition, the Peace Institute publishes the text of the lecture after it has taken place.
Much like the Policy Debates, the Distinctive Lecture also aims to encourage free critical thought, and to connect the University with society’s leaders andintellectual pioneers. It seeks to be a source of knowledge for progressive decision-making at community, regional, and national spheres. Finally, it seeks to establish an intellectual tradition of free thought, and open-mindedness.
Full Text of President Mbeki's Lecture
Lectures and Dialogue Debates :
The Peace Institute has hosted a series of lectures and dialogue debates, including:
- The lecture, "Sudan and United States Foreign Policy," presented by Professor Robert Mead, American Foreign Policy Council advisor.
- The lecture, "Historical and Strategic Vision of the Darfur Conflict," by Professor Shawn Ohavi, an expert in Darfur history and sociology.
- The lecture "The Police and the Public and peace," presented by Dr. Al-Tayeb Haj Attia and Dr. Dominique Whistler, chaired by the ministry of the Interior.
- The lecture "U.S. Policy toward Sudan," by Mr. Robert Zoellick, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State.
- A dialogue between the Ethiopian President Meles Zenawi and Sudanese university professors.
- An open meeting between Mr. Jan Pronk, Chief of the United Nations Mission in Sudan with Sudanese university professors.
- The lecture on the International Criminal Court by a former German Minister of Justice.
- A meeting between Mr. Ashraf Qadhi, Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Sudan, and Sudanese academics and media correspondents.
- A meeting between Mr. Thabo Mbeki, President of the Commission of African Elders, and Sudanese academics and the media.
- A panel discussion, "The Globalization of Darfur: How a Forgotten Conflict Became a Global Cause Célèbre," by Mr. David Lanz of the Swisspeace Institute, Geneva.
The Distingushed Lecture
The guest of country, Dr. Awn Al-Khasawnah delivered the institute’s distinguished lecture under the title:
T “he right to Self-Determination in the light of the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the issue of Kosovo” , on February 12, 2013 in Shargah Hall of University of Khartoum. The lecture was attended by a large number of officials, journalists, politicians, academicinas and interested audience. The lecture dealt with the different dimensions of the case, and it simplications for similar situations
Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawnah, former Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan hosted by the Institute
The political, media and legal circle spraised the invitation extended by PRI to the former Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan ,and former Vice President of International Court of Justice, Dr.AwnAl-Khasawnah, inhisvisittoSudanduringtheperiodfrom 9 - 15 February 2013, where he delivered a number of activities inside and outside the university, besides his visits to a number of historical monumentsn the country
US Deputy Secretary Of State Urges Darfur Rebels To Unite And Work For Peaceful Solution
The US Deputy Secretary of State, Robert Zoellick, on Wednesday has stressed that there is a need for what he described as regaining the momentum for peace in the Sudan , stressing that the central government must take convincing steps to build trust and show that it was committed to the CPA, and to achieve a peaceful settlement for the Darfur question. The US official has meanwhile urged the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) to transition from a rebel movement into a national political movement, which would help establish an inclusive government in the south and play a responsible role as a committed partner in the government of national unity. He stressed that the Darfur rebel factions should respect the ceasefire signed with the government, unify for the Abuja negotiations and pursue a peace that can be the foundation for the development of Darfur. In a speech under the title of " The Hard Work of Peace" organized by the Center For Peace And Development Studies at the University Of Juba and the Peace Research Institute Of The University Of Khartoum, Mr. Zoeillick warned that failure of the peace process in Darfur would reflect negatively on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in the country while at the same time the failure to implement the CPA would reflect negatively on the security situation in the whole country. He urged for a peaceful negotiated solution for the Beja question in eastern Sudan and for a development there. He told the audience that there would be no sustainable peace without sustainable development in the country. Zoeillick has meanwhile stressed that achieving peace, democracy and unity would be in the hands of the Sudanese people themselves and that the West would assist the Sudanese implement these options. The US official has commended the steps taken by the Sudanese government for the establishment of the Evaluation Commission, saying his country would continue providing humanitarian assistance to the needy people in the country, implementation of fair and free elections, and establishment of democratic institutions and economic development in the Sudan