Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Send a US Ambassador to Khartoum

The United States has not had an ambassador in Khartoum since the mid-1990s.  There are a number of reasons for this but the most important over the last decade has been the opposition of certain domestic constituencies and members of Congress.  In a blog on the Center for Global Development, Kate Almquist Knopf makes the case for sending an American ambassador to Khartoum rather than replacing the special envoy position being vacated by Princeton Lyman.  She also explains why it is important for that ambassador to be able to meet with President Bashir, something has been prohibited since he was indicted by the International Criminal Court.  While I do not agree with everything that Kate recommends on her blog, titled "Send an Ambassador, Not an Envoy, to Khartoum," I certainly agree with these thoughts.