The Africa Program is pleased to join the Great Lakes Policy Forum in inviting you to a discussion on the situation in eastern Congo and northern Uganda. The speakers will provide a comprehensive assessment of the peace processes in these regions. Panelists will include: Tim Shortley and Betty Bigombe.

Timothy R. Shortley presently serves as the Senior Advisor to Assistant Secretary for African Affairs for Conflict Resolution with a focus on northern Uganda and the LRA peace talks in Juba, and on the still volatile eastern Congo. Prior to his service in the State Department, Mr. Shortley served on the National Security Council staff at the White House as a Director for African Affairs.

Betty Bigombe is a senior level, international mediator with 11 years of hands-on experience in conflict management/resolution, mediation and support services to war torn societies and displaced communities. From 2004 to 2006, she was the Chief Mediator between the government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in the ongoing effort to end the war that has lasted two decades.

The panel will be moderated by Howard Wolpe, Director of the Wilson Center's Africa Program. Ambassador Wolpe is a former seven-term Member of Congress and a former Presidential Special Envoy to Africa's Great Lakes Region. He is currently directing an internationally supported peace and capacity-building initiative in the DRC.

Light refreshments will be served.

The Great Lakes Policy Forum aims to keep the Great Lakes on the agenda of policy makers and provides a platform where government, NGOs, academics, and the diaspora come together to search cooperatively for solutions to the region's conflicts.