Alumnus Simpson's Darfur guide named to Top Ten
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2008
A paper written by Matthew T. Simpson '04 and others, "Peace Agreement Drafting Guide: Darfur," was recently listed on the Social Science Research Network's Top Ten download list for Culture, Negotiation, and International Conflict.
Simpson is a senior research associate and Iraq/Darfur Project Director at the Public International Law and Policy Group in Washington, D.C.
He and his partner, Tara VanDeMark '03, visited Cyprus during the summer of 2007, in connection with work on behalf of the Iraq Supreme Court. His "provocative and stimulating review and assessment of the 2005 Iraq constitution was included in the November 2007 issue of the HWS Public Affairs Journal.
An economics and critical social studies double major who minored in math, Simpson graduated cum laude and was a member of the sailing team, Chimera and Orange Key, and served as class president of his senior class.
The Peace Agreement Drafting Guide is a comprehensive peace agreement drafting handbook tailored to the Darfur peace negotiations. It presents core elements of relevant topics, outlines the Darfur Peace Agreement provisions related to those topics, and provides sample language parties may wish to consider when drafting future provisions. It is divided into six chapters: Power Sharing, Wealth Sharing, Ceasefire and Final Security Arrangements, Darfur-Darfur Dialogue and Consultation, General Provisions, and Implementation Modalities and Timelines.