In this episode, Andy Burnett discusses his visits to Sudan, the role of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, and his visits to Khartoum & Addis Ababa. Andy summarizes the current situation in Sudan & South Sudan, providing a brief historical overview for our listeners. He walks us behind the scenes in mediating peace agreements, the history of the rocky relationship between Sudan and the USA, and what changes he has witnessed over the past years in the region. He also shares professional advice for professionals interested in pursuing careers in conflict resolution.
Andy Burnett currently serves as the Deputy Director in the office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan (S/USSESSS). He was the lead special advisor to Ambassadors Princeton Lyman and Donald Booth during their tenure as Special Envoy and has over nine years of experience working on Sudan and South Sudan policy. During his time in the Special Envoy’s office, Mr. Burnett and his staff worked directly with international partners to mediate the 2012 Cooperation Agreements between Sudan and South Sudan and the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan. He has also developed and coordinated the 2016-2017 bilateral engagement plan with Sudan which led to progress towards a number of U.S priorities and the lifting of U.S. sanctions on Sudan.
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