MILSPEAK will never die; and a COMBATANT COMMAND may never be great at Public Diplomacy – AFRICOM and a “Failed Communication”

When General Thomas Waldhauser, the outgoing AFRICOM Commander, went before the Senate Armed Services Committee ("SASC") for public testimony on the AFRICOM Annual Posture Statement relating to the legislative budget process--a performative function for the Senators and the Senate and…

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More context: what happened between Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 that might have changed State Department priorities on democratic reform in Kenya and Kibaki’s re-election?

One key event: the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia in December 2006. See my post from September 2011: David Axe on “America’s Somalia Experiment”–a timely reminder of policy in the Horn of Africa in 2007-08. Quoting Axe in The Diplomat: The…

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Happy National Day and Thanks for the Troops (Burundi)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/au_unistphotostream/27921380461/in/photolist-JB7URQ-aNdcyH-JxjnDp-Jxjo16-JB7UEs-JerbTj-aNdZy6-aNdYZp-aNdXfe-aNd6FX-aNd9Dk-aNdaJg-aNdc76-aNdara-aNd8bK-aNdb5i-aNd97Z-aNd7Fk-aNdVte-aNdYoZ-aNd71B-aNdTpK-aNdW7B-aNdUgP-aNdX38 AMISOM flickr photo- Burundian troops rotate home The State Department issued this statement today, as Burundi's long crisis drags: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Burundi on the 55th…

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US State Dept clears another possible $250M+ sale of light attack aircraft for Kenya; Human Development Index shows Kenya at 146 of 188 countries with “region’s worst jobs crisis”

Update: see Daily Nation: "Analysts skeptical of impact in Somalia of Kenya arms purchases". From the Defense Security Cooperation Agency release: . . . . This proposed sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the United States…

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Kenya :  News from “The War for History” as Citizen TV owner admits to Parliament that suppressed reporting of voting results in 2007 showed Odinga win over Kibaki

Here is the story from The Daily Nation:  Raila won 2007 election says Macharia. The truth trickles out gradually.  Of course, those of us involved in the Election Observation for the International Republican Institute were following those results being reported…

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U.S. fights in Somalia; Old lions–Kissinger, Moi, Scowcroft, Brezenski–outlast the post-Cold War democratization era in East Africa 

Things had gone so far awry on the democratization front by last year  to trigger a Washington Post editorial noting the authoritarian trend in East Africa. Recently we have news of a major U.S. airstrike (manned and drone) on an al-Shabaab…

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