Areas of Engagement



Q: Considering the growing divergence between the US and rich nations on one side and China and India on the other side, what can we expect from the Copenhagen summit?

Q: To what extent are the crises in Sudan a function of resource conflicts at the community level and to what extent are these influenced by the clash between traditional and modern property right regimes?

by Jan Pronk

Millions of people are living in forgotten cities. They are refugees and displaced persons, put away in camps at the margins of the modern world. Hardly ever is a camp closed down. Camps are swelling in order to offer refuge against continuing or newly emerging dangers. Generations stay for decades in one and the same camp. They are doomed to die on the same dumping-ground where they were born.

by Jan Pronk


Q: The media depicts Somalia as chaos, do you agree with this perception? To what extent is the international media complicit in the problems of Somalia?

In early 1991, soon after the Somali civil war broke out, I have had the opportunity to meet with the late Somali President Siyad Barre who told me about you and how greatly he admired you. Discussing about Somalia's great friends who might have come to its aid he singled you out almost all the time and since then I have been watching you closely but from afar: from Somalia and from Kenya's Nairobi. I know you from there.

Mr. President,