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

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink with Ambassador John Campbell this Thursday

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy is a great organization here in DC that organizes events such as the one below.  It's free to join and I'd recommend it for all FAOs in the area (even the ones who are only 'young' at heart).  Incidentally, I try to keep my calendar updated with all of these events.  On this blog's home page there is a 'calendar' tab you can clikc which will show you all of the events I am tracking. 

Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink with Ambassador John Campbell

           Nigeria is of great strategic importance and an important player in the African Union. And, according to John Campbell, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, it is in danger of failing as a state. In Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink, Campbell analyzes the hollowing out of Nigerian governance, the insurrection in the oil patch Delta region, and religious and ethnic conflict in the North. Looking forward to the elections in 2011, he suggests policy options for the United States to help Nigeria escape state failure and possible violence. Please join us for a discussion from 7-8:30 p.m. in Washington on Thursday, October 28.

To attend, please log in to your YPFP member account and register f you have any questions or concerns contact us at events@ypfp.org.

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