You are cordially invited to a panel presentation on the topic:

The Way Forward in the Post Revolution Sudan

Professor Charles Snyder, Ms. Niemat Ahmadi,
and Professor Hashem Mekki.

Friday, November 22nd
4:00 – 5:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.


About the event: Our distinguished panelists will discuss the political stability and peace prospects, economic, social cohesion, and the way forward in Sudan in the post-revolution era now under a civilian government and the ongoing peace negotiations between the transitional government and the oppositions groups.

About the speakers:

Charles Snyder: Charles Snyder has served as a consultant on Africa for various DOD and private entities since retiring in October 2013. He has also lectured on Africa for the Joint Forces Staff College, and the JFK Special Warfare Center. Mr. Snyder served as Senior Advisor to State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau (INL) from 2011 until retiring in October 2013. Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civilian Police and African, Asian, European and Middle East Programs in the same bureau (2007-2011). He provided program and policy direction for civilian police, anti-crime and counter-narcotics assistance programs totaling over $1 billion. During this period, he oversaw the launch of new programs in Lebanon and the West Bank. He also developed and initiated the International Police Peacekeeping Operations Support Program (IPPOS) as well as the International Police Education Training Program (IPET).

LTC Snyder retired from the U.S. Army in 1991 after serving for 22 years. During that career, he was responsible to the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for all African military training and security assistance programs as well as programs for Egypt, Lebanon and Israel; he was assigned to the State Department in 1985 and served as military advisor to the Africa Bureau until retirement. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Fordham University, a Master of Business Administration in International Finance from American University, and did post-graduate work in international relations at Catholic and Howard Universities. He is a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of the Foreign Service Institute, and a life member of the Foreign Area Officers Association and the African Studies Association.

Niemat Ahmadi: A native of Kebkabiya, North Darfur region of Sudan, Ms. Ahmadi is the Founder and President of the DC-based Darfur Women Action Group DWAG, the organization that focuses on the empowerment of the Darfur genocide affected communities and the historically marginalized Sudanese to bring them to the center to participate in decisions making and to effectively contribute to shaping the future of Sudan. Previously, Ms. Ahmadi worked with NGO’s in various fields of emergency and development in Sudan, including Oxfam Great Britain, Intermediate Technology Development Group ( Practical Action) and the United Nation’s World Food Program. Ms. Ahmadi was recognized by President George W. Bush as one of 8 global human rights fighter of the year 2008.

Ms. Ahmadi is a veteran human rights advocate and seasonal strategic planning and management professionals. Ms. Ahmadi previously worked as the Director of Global Partnerships for United to End Genocide and the Save Darfur Coalition. She served as an advisor at the 7th round of Inter-Sudanese Darfur peace talks in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2006.

Hashem Mekki: Hashem Mekki, MA, has taught Arabic Language, Culture & Middle East Media at IWP since 2012. He is the owner of Bridge Language Solutions, providing an array of language translation, interpretation and teaching services to the Washington DC metropolitan area, and the founder of Kele Global, a nonprofit organization that promotes education, health, and economic empowerment in Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan. He also teaches Arabic language to federal employees & professionals at the National Nuclear Security Administration at the Department of Energy. Mr. Mekki volunteers with the IWP Center for Human Rights and International Affairs by providing Arabic translations & strategic cultural perspectives on North Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Mekki previously worked with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and served on the board of Voices of Sudan, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. He holds bachelor degrees in both Political Science and International Studies from the City College of New York, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies and International Politics from IWP.