FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

MSS Conference Ambassador Huddleston Speech Summary

MSS Conference Ambassador Huddleston Speech Summary

She placed special emphasis on the importance of the sea to Africa’s economy.  In commenting on piracy she noted that while it may impact .001 percent of all shipping but in Africa’s case it not only garners all the headlines but also deprives East African nations of valuable vital resources (such as food during drought season etc.). 
Finally, she commented on the immense problem presented by the developing piracy problem in West Africa and illicit drug trafficking as it presents a tremendous potential financial windfall for terrorist organizations across the continent. 

West Africa truly should be the focus in Africa.  In West Africa we have a chance to get it right before the siutation deteriorates à l'africa de l'est. 

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