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                The Trustees of the

                            BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS


                       Cordially Invite You to an Address by


                    His Excellency Ebrahim Rasool

                      AMBASSADOR OF SOUTH AFRICA

                    TO THE UNITED STATES


                           Tuesday, October 22, 2013

                         Reception: 5:15 p.m.               Address: 6:00 p.m.




“The Diplomacy of Ubuntu: Drawing on

Nelson Mandela’s Lesson for Solving Global Conflicts.”


       While Africa is not the highest priority in American foreign policy today, certainly its potential and the character of its evolutionary path are of great interest. The United States aims at a prosperous and politically developed Africa within a stable international order. It seeks to avoid an imbalance in the influence of great powers, tame the disruptions of radical political movements, and minimize the sufferings of poverty and political turbulence. South Africa is of special importance to the evolution of Africa, for it is the continent’s most economically and militarily developed and powerful nation; and it is a potential exemplar on the redistribution of political and economic power and for temperate relations among classes and ethnicities.

       South Africa’s aspirations and external policies will be discussed by Ambassador Rasool who idealistically emphasizes his commitment to overcoming the potential for conflict in the world.

       Ambassador Rasool’s career encompasses political and social action, humanitarian activities, and government service. He has been a Member of Parliament, an advisor to President Kgalema Motlanthe, and Premier of the Western Cape Province. He has led provincial departments of Health and Social Services and of Finance and Economic Development. As Premier of the Western Cape, he was instrumental in attracting foreign investment and achieved a high provincial economic growth rate and meeting Millennium Development Goals.

       Ambassador Rasool had a long history of involvement in the anti-apartheid struggle starting in High School and including leadership positions in the African National Congress (ANC). 

       He has been active in mobilizing Muslims and the broader faith communities for a deeper understanding of Islam and faith under conditions of oppression (under apartheid) and currently under conditions of globalization.

He has received distinguished awards from the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, from Business Against Crime, and the Kaiser Family Foundation (its Nelson Mandela award).  He is the founder of the World for All Foundation – which rethinks the needed tools available to Muslims and faith communities to foster co-operative relations.

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