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Accused of Inaction, Trump Team Set to Appoint Sudan Advisor


Added 06-10-19 07:34:01pm EST - “Former U.S. diplomat Donald Booth expected to address the bloody impasse between military and protesters as U.N. officials warn of spiraling violence.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “Accused of Inaction, Trump Team Set to Appoint Sudan Advisor”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Exclusive: Accused of Inaction, Trump Team Set to Appoint Sudan Advisor Accused of Inaction, Trump Team Set to Ap...

With Sudan teetering on the brink of potential war, the Trump administration is preparing to bring an ex-diplomat out of retirement to help craft U.S. policy on a country fast unraveling since its longtime ruler was ousted two months ago.

Donald Booth, a seasoned former ambassador with extensive experience in Africa, is expected to rejoin the State Department, current and former officials said, to serve as senior advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump’s top diplomat on Africa, Tibor Nagy.

The appointment comes as the Trump administration faces growing calls to step up its efforts to stabilize Sudan. Critics accuse Washington of being missing in action while powerful Persian Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have taken on a larger behind-the-scenes role in the East African country’s transitional government.

“Anybody who’s been paying attention to this country recognized this protest movement was fundamentally different,” said Cameron Hudson, a former State Department and CIA official who worked on Sudan. “We should’ve expected this, we should’ve anticipated this. The fact is we didn’t have a strategy in place, we didn’t have personnel in place … is really worrying.”

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