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Sudan Ambassador Andrew S. Natsios

Ambassador Andrew S. Natsios
Sudan, South Sudan, and Darfur:
What Everyone Needs to Know
Margaret W. Wong Offices
June 8, 2012

Margaret W. Wong and Alex Machaskee hosted an event for Ambassador Andrew S. Natsios at Ms Wong's offices on June 8, 2012.

Andrew S. Natsios is Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service and is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson institute.

His career is impressive: Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development; Special Envoy to Sudan; Vice President of World Vision U.S.; member of the US Army Reserves for 23 years and veteran of the Gulf War in 1991; six terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives; Secretary of Administration and Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; CEO of Boston's Big Dig after a cost overrun scandal. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Ambassador Andrew S. Natsios at Cleveland event

Ambassador Andrew S. Natsios


Natsios is the author of three books, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Humanitarian Relief in Complex Emergencies and The Great North Korean Famine, collaborated on eight other books, and numerous articles. His new book Sudan, South Sudan, and Darfur: What Everyone Needs to Know has just been released by Oxford University Press.

The program began with Alex Machskee speaking about the International Orthodox Christian Charities, Inc. (IOCC). He quoted a homily which told how "All are beggars before the Lord" and since God does not deny us, we should not deny others.

Alex Machaskee

Alex Machaskee





Ambassador Natsios opened his remarks with some stories of how he and others in the US have worked to create independence in Sudan and to save lives - often to the consternation of the oppressive leaders.

Ambassador Andrew S. Natsios


Ambassador Natsios told about the tragic history of Darfur and the rest of Sudan but most of his remarks focused on the last 30 years or so.




Margaret W. Wong

Margaret W. Wong


It's important to understand, the Ambassador said, the differences between the cultures of the South and North of Sudan. The discovery of oil in the South increased the tensions. The decline of water in the Nile River is also a pressing problem.

Ambassador Andrew S. Natsios

Ambassador Andrew S. Natsios

Many do not know that Sudan, North Sudan, is actually Iran's closest ally.




Margaret W. Wong, Ambassador Natsios and Alex Machaskee

Margaret W. Wong, Ambassador Natsios and Alex Machaskee


Ambassador Natsios gave an update on the Lost Boys of Sudan.

Ambassador Natsios told about the state of education in Sudan in response to a question from the audience.

Ambassador Natsios and Alex Machaskee

Ambassador Natsios and Alex Machaskee


Enjoy these other images from the event.

Dan Hanson and Ambassador Andrew Natsios

Dan Hanson and Ambassador Andrew Natsios


Cassandra Bledsoe and Carol Machaskee

Cassandra Bledsoe and Carol Machaskee


Alice Kuan

Alice Kuan


The Very Reverend Vasilige B. Sorolovic

The Very Reverend Vasilige B. Sorolovic


Tanya Linetsky and Ken Kovach

Tanya Linetsky and Ken Kovach


Andrew Natsios, Bert Moyar and Jenny Brown

Andrew Natsios, Bert Moyar and Jenny Brown


Judy Wong, Christina Ko, Wen Ko, Ye-Fan Glavin and  Xin Chen

Judy Wong, Christina Ko, Wen Ko,
Ye-Fan Glavin and Xin Chen


Larry Miller and David Fleshler

Larry Miller and David Fleshler


Milan and Mirjana Damljanovic

Milan and Mirjana Damljanovic


Ambassador Natsios, Bing Xu and Demi Zhang

Ambassador Natsios, Bing Xu and Demi Zhang


Ambassador Natsios and Margaret Wong

Ambassador Natsios and Margaret Wong


Dan Hanson, Anila Nicklos and Harry Weller

Dan Hanson, Anila Nicklos and Harry Weller


Mirjana Damljanovic and Alex Machaskee

Mirjana Damljanovic and Alex Machaskee


Ambassador Natsios and Annie Pu

Ambassador Natsios and Annie Pu



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