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, June 28, 2011


This is an important step for the AU.  Deputy Chairperson Mwencha attended the AFRICOM/DOS Maritime Safety and Security Towards Economic Prosperity Conference in Germany held this past fall.  He gave a lengthy speech entitled "The Geostrategic Importance of Africa's Maritime Domain: Opportunities and Challenges.

Supposedly the strategy will be ready for adoption by January 2012 but I won't hold my breath there.  That said, I am overjoyed glad that the AU is starting to make the maritime sector a priority pay attention to the maritime sector.  There is so much lost potential here but also a nearly unlimited opportunity for the continent of Africa as a whole. 

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