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The African Union has wisely avoided the embarrassment of having Sudan chair its current summit and head the organization for the next two years. This is not only because Sudan is one of the world’s worst regimes, but also because one of the most critical issues for the AU in 2006-07 will be halting genocide in Darfur and protecting civilians from militias backed by Khartoum.
Steve Krasner, Director of Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State, spoke on Transformational Diplomacy on Friday before a standing-room-only crowd at a CGD event (transcript) He argued that the creation of a new Deputy for Development in the State Department reporting directly to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, announced the day before, would strengthen not weaken USAID and thus the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid programs.
Carol Lancaster, a former US deputy assistant secretary of state and deputy administrator of USAID, who is currently a professor at Georgetown University and (full disclosure) a member of the CGD Board of Directors, has written for the Financial Times (subscription required) an Op-Ed about the Bush/Rice aid reorganization plan that deserves to be r
In successive speeches yesterday at Georgetown University and today at the State Department, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has outlined a bold vision of “transformational diplomacy,” the goal of which she defines as
CNN is reporting that the African Union is considering handing over peacekeeping responsibilities in Darfur, where it has 6,000 troops trying to stop Sudanese forces and government-sponsored militias from killing civilians, to the UN.
"The time has come to make a pronouncement on the future of the AU Mission in Darfur and the ways and means to adapt it to the present challenges, including the hand-over to the United Nations at the appropriate time."
The World Bank announced Friday that it was suspending all loans to Chad, including one that helped finance a $4.2 billion oil pipeline, on the ground that it had broken an agreement to largely dedicate its oil revenues to alleviating the country's extreme poverty. According to the Celia Dugger in the NYT