You are cordially invited to join the United States Institute of Peace for a session of the
Virtual Diplomacy Initiative, and the first lecture in the Institute's new Public Lecture
* The Institute wishes to acknowledge with appreciation The William and Flora Hewlett
Foundation for its support of this public lecture series. *
VIRTUAL TOWN MEETING: ACHIEVING PEACE IN LIBERIA
Featuring Interim Liberian Leader, CHAIRMAN CHARLES GYUDE BRYANT
WHERE: On the Web at http://www.usip.org
WHEN: Monday, February 9, 2004, from 7:00 - 8:30pm
HOW: See technical guidance at the end of this message.
At a peace conference in October 2003, warring factions in Liberia's 14-year civil war
chose Gyude Bryant as interim leader of the National Transitional Government of
Liberia. Known as "a man with no enemies," he urged his predecessor Charles Taylor
to talk to rebel groups. Widely seen as the most neutral of the candidates for Liberia's
new leadership, Bryant is a successful Monrovia businessman and chairman of the
Liberia Action Party.
On the evening of February 9th, Chairman Bryant will engage the Liberian diaspora in
a web-based conversation about prospects for maintaining the peace in their war-
weary homeland and what they can do to support it. Amb. Micheal Southwick, Africa
specialist at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Harry Grieves, economic adviser to
Chairman Bryant, will moderate the event.
Chairman Bryant will speak briefly and invite questions from a virtual Liberian
audience via email askusip@...
or phone 612-288-0329 (U.S. and international
Attached in Microsoft Word is a flyer for posting in your local communities. Pass the
* * * Ensure software is downloaded and installed in advance of event! See the
following for guidance on how to access the webcast. * * *
Chairman Bryant will briefly address the virtual community via broadcast over the
Internet and then invite active participation from diaspora Liberians by email at
or telephone 612-288-0329 (U.S. and international calls). When
contacting the Institute, you are asked to identify the city from which you are calling,
informing the number, if any, of friends gathered with you for the broadcast, and to
be succinct in your inquiry. To enable the largest number of Liberians to contribute to
the web conversation, no follow-up questions will be permitted.
WEBCAST INFORMATION: While Institute webcasts are designed to be accessible to
anyone with an Internet connection, a high-speed or broadband connection (cable
modem, DSL, ISDN, satellite or network connection) is strongly recommended to
participate in the webcast. As a suggestion, group viewings of the webcast arranged
at libraries, college campuses, and community centers can provide both high speed
Internet access and opportunities for local post-webcast discussion.
TO RECEIVE WEBCAST: All Institute webcasts in both audio and video (as well as site-
archived copies of past programming) are available only in QuickTime format. You will
need to download and install QuickTime Player, available free from Apple http://
www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ (Mac users will already have this installed as
part of the iTunes package). Complete this step and then refer back to these
You are encouraged to verify correct installation by visiting the QuickTime Support
page at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/troubleshooting/
If you see the blue,
circular logo, this will verify that you have done the installation correctly. You can also
refer to an archive of a previously webcast Institute event, such as "The Power to
Protect," which can be found at http://www.usip.org/events/2003/
0731_CIBrefugees.html (click on "Archived Audio and Video").
* * We recommend that you complete the download, installation, and verification at
least 48 hours prior to a live broadcast. * *
On the day of the live webcast, go to http://www.usip.org,
click on the front page
highlight for the Liberia event, and follow the instructions for the webcast. It may be
necessary to click on the "refresh" or "reload" button on your web browser in order to
see the updated live link to the webcast. If on the day of the webcast you see the
"Upcoming Webcast - Please Check Back" icon, you are looking at an old version of
the page and you should "refresh" or "reload" in order to access the live webcast. If
you are unsuccessful, it may be necessary to check with your Internet Service Provider,
your in-house technical staff, or the Apple site http://www.apple.com
there are firewalls or other restrictions that prohibit your access. AOL users may
experience difficulties accessing live webcasts due to current restrictions on the AOL
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and more info about webcasting and the free
software needed to run it can be found at http://www.usip.org/events/webcasts/
During the live webcast, audio and/or video, Liberian listeners are welcome to send
live email questions to panelists at <askusip@...
> or phone 612-288-0329
(U.S. and internationally).
* Events broadcast live on the Institute's website http://www.usip.org
are archived at
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