AFRICOM NEWS FROM AND ABOUT AFRICA for 1 February 2010

Recent publications on AFRICOM Commander, narcotics trafficking, Sudan, Burundi, Kenya, Piracy, Algeria, Somalia, Nigeria, Guinea, CAR, Liberia, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire

U.S.: MORGAN GRADUATE TO RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARD (Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore – Gen. William "Kip" Ward, a 1971 Morgan State graduate and the nation’s only current African-American four-star Army general, will be honored in Atlanta with the Trumpet Award. Ward, 60, who will be one of 10 recipients of the award this year, said he is humbled by the recognition. He said the award also honors Americans serving in the military today. "As one who wears our nation’s cloth, I can represent so many women and men who also wear the nation’s cloth," Ward said. "Our service is being recognized. Someone is taking note of it."

GERMANY: SEMINAR TACKLES DRUG-TRAFFICKING ISSUES (U.S. Department of Defense)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Countering narcotics trafficking took center stage during an eight-day seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies here, as military and civilian security executives met to discuss the challenge. The seminar attracted 91 participants from 61 countries and focused on the complex security challenges posed by contemporary international narcotics trafficking, and its links with terrorist networks and organized-crime elements.

SUDAN: WILL THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TRULY SUPPORT AN INDEPENDENT SOUTH SUDAN? (Sudan Tribune)

The evidence of recent months suggests that there is an increasingly grim logic governing the military and geographic future of southern Sudan—and a correspondingly urgent need for focused international diplomacy over the next year. In particular the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party (NIF/NCP) regime in Khartoum must be made to feel real pressure to honor the key terms of its 2005 peace agreement with the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). So far, the Obama administration has missed several key opportunities to increase that pressure, thereby making renewed military conflict in Sudan more likely.

See more recent publications on AFRICOM-related news and stories from and about Africa at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/26188266/AFRICOM-Related-Newsclips-1Feb10

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