The Elephant published my last post on September 10 as “Amb. Godec is Well Placed to Articulate US Policy for Kenya’s 2022 Polls“.
This week the Senate worked through a few confirmations for State Department positions, including Amb. Molly Phee as Amb. Godec’s “permanent” successor as acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. She was sworn in last evening.
In the meantime, preparations for Kenya’s polls, just more than ten months away, continue to lag.
Assistant Secretary Phee, although most of her foreign service career has been spent in other contexts, has recent regional experience as Ambassador to South Sudan 2015-17 and Deputy Chief of Mission to Ethiopia in 2011-14. She was serving as Chief of Staff to the Special Envoy for South Sudan when nominated to replace Susan Page to become the second Ambassador to South Sudan.
The Elephant also published my “9/11 and the United States-Kenya Relationship“. See also Paul Tiyambe Zeleza’s longread from the next week, “9/11: The Day That Changed America and the World Order“