Hosts: Real Time Leadership Solutions, Inc. and Real Time Africa
Facilitator: B.F.A. Ofori-Atta
Round Table Panelists: Zoe Bakoru-Bakoko (BBF Foundation), Takady Konate (Management Systems International), Patrick Taran (President, Migration Policy Associates)
What: Strengthening the Image of America Abroad E-TeleConference
Topics: Global Health, International Labor, Migration and Free Movement, Conflict Resolution, STEM Education, International Elections and Diaspora Relations
When: date - Saturday, 10/20/2012;
Time - 12 Noon – 1PM Central Time, 1PM – 2PM EST
How: International E-Teleconference
Facebook: Real Time Africa facebook groups
Twitter: @RealTimeAfrica, @rt_leads, hashtag #Diaspora #ForeignPolicy
New Media & the Impact of US Presidential Elections on US Foreign Policy, the Diaspora, Innovation and Progressive Movements for Change.
In advance of the final US Presidential debate on foreign policy, diaspora-based focus groups are holding interactive roundtable teleconference forums through social media (fb/twitter). Our panelists will discuss US foreign policy and its impact on diaspora groups and the international community. We will also learn about international job opportunities and careers. Our expert panelists are Ms. Zoe Bakoru-Bakoko, founder of BBF Foundation, Ms. Takady Konate, Senior Program Manager at Management Systems International and Patrick A. Taran, leading specialist on labor migration, international migration governance, and migrants’ human rights.
Online diaspora participants in Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, London, Ghana, France, South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Germany, India and other areas will dedicate time between the hours of 12 noon and 1pm central time to have concurrent discussions and share opinions about the global and foreign policy issues they think are at stake in the US Presidential election.
Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign captured the imagination of many around the world because of the renewed call to service, citizenship, unity, ownership and possibility that his candidacy represented.
His ascendancy to the Presidency inspired many groups in their quest for freedom and equality around the world. Citizen groups and governments around the world have followed President Obama’s foreign policy and his approach to addressing domestic challenges for the past four years.
Did President Obama succeed in strengthening the image of America abroad during his first term? What will/should US Foreign policy look like in Obama’s second term? What would a Romney Administration’s Foreign Policy resemble? How will US Foreign policy impact global economic and political issues? What role can diaspora groups play in defining the US relationship with African countries, Mexico, the Americas (Latin America and the Caribbean), Asia and Europe?
What role will the diaspora play (beyond "leveraging remittances") in contributing to development of both the United States and their countries of origin?
How have leading emerging economies (BRICS+V: Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, and Venezuela) with their combined population of almost 3 billion people and their combined nominal GDP exceeding US $14 trillion dollars altered international relations and perceptions? How has the development of information communication technologies such as SMS (mobile texting) altered the way that entrepreneurs, youth groups, rural farmers interact with and understand each other? How have international and regional organizations worked to improve livelihoods? Is South-South cooperation the key to innovation and development?
How has improved access to information and increased awareness of each other affected the way that we address the following issues: access to education, global health, innovation, alternate sustainable energy, poverty reduction, freedom, justice, equality, identity, women’s rights, social inclusion, peaceful resolution of conflict, climate change, trade, aid and humanitarian assistance?
What can we learn from the recent elections of Sall in Senegal, Hollande in France, Morsi in Egypt, Martelly in Haiti, Nieto in Mexico, Putin in Russia, Chavez in Venezuela and upcoming elections in Sierra Leone, Ghana, South Korea, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Tunisia. What opportunities exist for partnerships to promote freedom, equality, opportunity,health and the peaceful resolution of conflict?
Topics: The Global Economy (Austerity vs. Investment); Human Security and Global Health; Education and Youth Development; Governance and Rule of Law; Conflict Resolution (Mali, Transitions in the Middle East and North Africa); Security Sector Reform; Food Security and Nutrition (Development); Energy and Environment; Immigration Reform.
Ms. Zoe Bakoru-Bakoko is a health policy expert with over 20 years of experience in legislation, budgeting, policy planning, evaluation and implementation at the national level. As a public health nurse administrator, she recruited and trained community health workers, coordinated immunization and family planning programs, and developed health outreach programs to under-served communities.
In 2005, Ms Bakoru-Bakoko was awarded the United Nations Peace Award for her work in facilitating the Somali peace process. Zoe established the Bakoko Bakoru Foundation (BBF) to care for disadvantaged children in Uganda. To date, hundreds of children have been helped out of poverty and their healthcare and educational needs have been nurtured.
Ms. Takady Konate is a development professional and civil society advocate from Mali. She has a special interest in women's rights, education, free and fair elections and conflict resolution. Her past positions include:
- Regional Technical Adviser at Academy for Educational Development
- Finance Director at Academy for Educational Development
- Senior Finance Manager at Academy for Educational Development
- Grants Manager at African Development Foundation
Patrick A. Taran is a leading specialist on labor migration, international migration governance, and migrants’ human rights. He has 35 years of professional experience in migration, refugee, and integration work at local, national and global levels. Mr. Taran is President of Global Migration Policy Associates, a multidisciplinary team of migration experts from all world regions engaged in research, policy development and advisory services on migration.
From 2000 to 2011, he was Senior Migration Specialist with the International Labour Office (ILO), responsible for technical cooperation projects and advisory services in Africa, Eurasia and Europe, for work on discrimination and integration regarding migrant workers, and for activities on protection of rights of migrants worldwide.
His university training was in social work and Latin American studies at Friends World College/State University of New York. He teaches migration governance at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and lectures at the ILO International Training Centre in Turin.
Candidate Obama’s Berlin Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lEfN6ax3D4
President Obama’s Cairo Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_889oBKkNU
President Obama’s Accra Address http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkNpUEWIhd4
President Obama’s Nobel Lecture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AORo-YEXxNQ
Pres.Obama on bin Laden http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVN4_-SMJNA&feature=related
President Obama’s “Responsibility to Protect”/”Obama Doctrine” Speech- NATO/Arab League Action in Libya http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ0GjSpCYRM
Fareed Zakaria's Foreign Policy Interview with President Obama. http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/19/zakaria-my-interview-with-president-obama/
President Obama – G-8 Summit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsmP0pP-Uvs
G-8 Camp David Declaration and some responses from Civil Society - http://www.rtleads.com/1/post/2012/06/g-8-camp-david-declaration-and-responses.html
Governor Mitt Romney Delivers Foreign Policy Speech at Virginia Military Institute.
Governor Mitt Romney Speech at Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqpwin8SPVw
President Obama’s UN General Assembly Speech – Commemorating Libya US embassy attacks/September 25, 2012 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GqYCKV2wzA
TOPICS FOR THIRD PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE ANNOUNCED BY MODERATOR
Bob Schieffer, moderator of the third 2012 presidential debate, has selected the topics for that debate, which is on foreign policy. Mr. Schieffer stated:
Subject to possible changes because of news developments, here are the topics for the October 22 debate, not necessarily to be brought up in this order:
America's Role in the World, Our Longest War - Afghanistan and Pakistan, Red Lines - Israel and Iran, The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism - 1, The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism - II, and the Rise of China and Tomorrow's World.
The debate will be held on Monday, October 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. The format calls for six 15-minute time segments, each of which will focus on one of the topics listed above. The moderator will open each segment with a question. Each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Following the candidates' responses, the moderator will use the balance of the 15-minute segment to facilitate a discussion on the topic. All debates start at 9:00 p.m. ET and run for 90 minutes.