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                                United States Department of State


Media Advisory | November 29th Briefing with U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Princeton N. Lyman

On Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 13:00 GMT, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Princeton N. Lyman will brief journalists across the continent via conference call.  Speaking from Khartoum, Ambassador Lyman will give a readout of his November 26-30 trip to the region, discuss the current status of implementing the agreements between Sudan and South Sudan, his vision for the future of Sudan and South Sudan, and he will be available to answer questions.

Please consider hosting and/or sharing this opportunity with journalists in your country.  Call details follow below.


Please join us on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 13:00 GMT for a telephonic press conference with U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Princeton N. Lyman. 


Speaker:          Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Princeton Lyman

Date:               Thursday, November 29, 2012

Time:              13:00 GMT |14:00 West Africa | 15:00 Central/South Africa | 16:00 East Africa

Language:           English


Ground rules:    ON THE RECORD

Dial-in Info:        International:                    will be provided

US (Domestic):               will be provided

Verbal Pass Code:           will be provided

RSVP:             To with names and affiliations by COB Wednesday, November 28, 2012.


Delays in the implementation of the September 27th agreements between Sudan and South Sudan place the spirit of peace and cooperation that was exhibited at the Bashir-Kiir summit at risk.  Ambassador Lyman will be traveling to Khartoum, Sudan to encourage progress in the implementation of the 9/27 agreements, and to discuss the negotiations on the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan, the Two Areas and U.S.-Sudanese relations, among other issues.


Princeton Lyman

Special Envoy


Term of Appointment: 03/31/2011 to present

Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman was appointed United States Special Envoy for Sudan on March 31, 2011. Immediately preceding his tenure as Special Envoy, he served as U.S. Senior Advisor on North-South Negotiations, where he led the U.S. team focused on supporting on-going negotiations between the parties to Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Ambassador Lyman previously worked as an adjunct senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. From 1999 to 2003, he was executive director of the Global Interdependence Initiative at the Aspen Institute.

Ambassador Lyman’s previous career in government included assignments as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1981-1986), U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria (1986-1989), Director of Refugee Programs (1989-1992), U.S. Ambassador to South Africa (1992-1995), and Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1996-1998). From 2008-2010, he was a member of the African Advisory Committee to the United States Trade Representative. He began his government career with the U.S. Agency for International Development and served as USAID Director in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 1976 to 1978.

Ambassador Lyman is a member of several boards, including, the Fund for Peace, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the board on African science academy development for the National Academy of Sciences.

Ambassador Lyman has a PhD in political science from Harvard University. He has published books and articles on foreign policy, African affairs, economic development, HIV/AIDS, UN reform, and peacekeeping. He has published op-eds in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, and International Herald Tribune. His book, "Partner to History: The U.S. Role in South Africa’s Transition to Democracy" (U.S. Institute of Peace Press), was published in 2002. He was co-director of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force Report, "More Than Humanitarianism: A Strategic U.S. Approach Toward Africa", issued in 2006, and co-editor of "Beyond Humanitarianism: What You Need to Know About Africa and Why It Matters" (Council on Foreign Relations) published in 2007.


  • We will ask that callers dial-in to the conference call 10-15 minutes early.  
  • When an individual journalist dials-in, the operator will collect the caller’s name, press affiliation, and location.  
  • When an embassy dials in, the operator will NOT ask the embassy coordinator for the names of every journalist at the participating embassy, but only the embassy’s name and location. 
  • Ambassador Lyman will give brief opening remarks. 
  • The moderator will facilitate the Q and A among the connected callers.  Journalists on the conference call will be instructed to push the “*” and “one” buttons on their phones in order to enter the question queue.  NOTE:  You can press star one at any time during the call to join the question queue, even before the moderator begins the Q and A portion of the call.  We ask that journalists limit themselves to one question only for each time they press “star” and “one”.  Participants may press “star” and “one” more than once should they wish to ask more than one question.  
  • The moderator will then announce the location of each questioner.  The questioner should state his/her name and affiliation before asking the question.
  • Near the end of the allotted time, the moderator will announce the last question.  At the end of the final answer, the operator will announce the conclusion of the conference call.