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

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Somaliland Constitution, Sudan and Samuel Wanjiru

I meant to post this weeks ago.  The insight is still valid.

BBC News - Somali leaders set transition deadline 
This article calls this event historic but doesn't explain why it is historic.  It's historic because they are going to use the Somaliland model.  250 elders will be sitting down to choose the next president.  The
elders will be chosen by July (God willing),  and the President chosen by August (breath held).  An important distinction, however, is that in Somaliland they enacted the policy over numerous conferences (lasting from months and years)—the question will be whether they are too rushed in the case of Somali..

Two other worthy articles to read:
The Sudans at loggerheads: Africa’s next big war? 
Runner Samuel Wanjiru’s Tragic Death : The New Yorker 


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