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Emory University’s “States at Regional Risk” (SARR) project continues to expand results in all five of its world areas of concentration: West Africa, Central-East Africa, Inner Asia, Himalayas, and the northern Andes. The decision to concentrate and galvanize the project by focusing on key countries and their neighbors in regional context has proved to be effective. Our first and very successful SARR conference was held in Liberia in January 2009, our second regional conference, in East Africa, was held in Burundi June 4-5, 2009; the third SARR conference, concerning the northern Andes, took place in Quito, Ecuador, May 20-21, 2010; and the 4th major conference was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 27-29, 2011 entitled “Mongolians After Socialism: Economic Aspiration, Political Development, and Cultural Diversity”. blank photo

Photo taken in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The Himalayas is the focus of the final SARR regional project. On November 23-24, 2011 a conference entitled "International Conference on Himalayan Buddhism" was held in Lumbini, Nepal which was co-organized by the Buddhist Academic Foundation of Nepal and the Conservancy for Trans-Himalayan Art and Culture, based in Washington, D.C. An additional trip to the region is planned by the project director in Summer 2012.

In October 2012, a workshop is planned at Emory to assess regions of state risk in global, comparative, and theoretical perspective.

In all cases, the SARR project is achieving its objective of bringing together networks of policy makers, key humanitarian practitioners, and administrators with engaged academics who have deep expertise and experience in the world region in question. We are encouraged with our results so far, including both the logistical and practical as well as scholarly success of pilot visits and major workshops and conferences.

A primary objective of SARR is to cultivate and expand networks of practical influence within these regions. Each of the in-region workshops and conferences are developed in collaboration with local experts from scholarly, governmental, and civil-society sectors and bring together policymakers, practitioners, and academics from the region and elsewhere for discussions that emphasize pragmatic outcomes.