One of Ours is Dead in Addis Ababa

About an hour ago, Reuters and AP reported that one of our diplomats has been found dead in his home in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.

AP quotes U.S. Embassy spokesman Michael McClellan as saying that the body was found over the weekend and that the police is investigating. The State Department has not officially released details of the death.

Reports have identified the deceased as Brian Adkins, a George Washington alumnus serving his first tour in the Foreign Service. Adkins, who would have turned 26 on Feb. 2, completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at GW, graduating summa cum laude as an international affairs major from the Elliott School of International Affairs in 2005. He joined the State Department after receiving his master’s degree in 2007 and was assigned to Ethiopia.

John Wysham, head of the Ethiopia desk at the State Department, said he was unable to provide details about Adkins’ death or the homicide investigation. A Foreign Service officer also stationed in Africa is planning to accompany Adkins’ body from Ethiopia to the United States, Wysham said. The casket will be transported by military aircraft.

More on Brian Adkins from the GW Hatchet here.

I am grateful that one of our officers is bringing him home. I can’t begin to imagine how his loved ones must be feeling at this time. It is a sad and sorrowful day for the Foreign Service family.


Update 2/6: The Department’s spokesman in response to a taken question has this one posted online:

At this time, we can confirm that an FSO died in Addis Ababa. The death is under investigation by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and we are coordinating closely with the Government of Ethiopia. We will provide details as they become available.


Updated 5/2/09 @ 6:55 pm
– For more on Brian Adkins:

See “Appreciation: A Life Dedicated to Service: Brian Adkins: (1983-2009)”
By Charles Hornbostel │ FS Journal May 2009 │ pp. 41-43

Brian Adkins – Legacy.com Guest Book

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One of Ours is Dead in Addis Ababa

About an hour ago, Reuters and AP reported that one of our diplomats has been found dead in his home in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.

AP quotes U.S. Embassy spokesman Michael McClellan as saying that the body was found over the weekend and that the police is investigating. The State Department has not officially released details of the death.

Reports have identified the deceased as Brian Adkins, a George Washington alumnus serving his first tour in the Foreign Service. Adkins, who would have turned 26 on Feb. 2, completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at GW, graduating summa cum laude as an international affairs major from the Elliott School of International Affairs in 2005. He joined the State Department after receiving his master’s degree in 2007 and was assigned to Ethiopia.

John Wysham, head of the Ethiopia desk at the State Department, said he was unable to provide details about Adkins’ death or the homicide investigation. A Foreign Service officer also stationed in Africa is planning to accompany Adkins’ body from Ethiopia to the United States, Wysham said. The casket will be transported by military aircraft.

More on Brian Adkins from the GW Hatchet here.

I am grateful that one of our officers is bringing him home. I can’t begin to imagine how his loved ones must be feeling at this time. It is a sad and sorrowful day for the Foreign Service family.


Update 2/6: The Department’s spokesman in response to a taken question has this one posted online:

At this time, we can confirm that an FSO died in Addis Ababa. The death is under investigation by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and we are coordinating closely with the Government of Ethiopia. We will provide details as they become available.


Updated 5/2/09 @ 6:55 pm
– For more on Brian Adkins:

See “Appreciation: A Life Dedicated to Service: Brian Adkins: (1983-2009)”
By Charles Hornbostel │ FS Journal May 2009 │ pp. 41-43

Brian Adkins – Legacy.com Guest Book

“King of Kings” Threw a Tantrum

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Kenya’s Daily Nation reported late yesterday that the African Union met until the wee hours but failed to agree on the creation of a new body to move the continent towards a single government. “It all unraveled when Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi stormed out of the meeting room just after 2 am this morning and a few minutes later, all the leaders filed out.”


The newspaper’s sources indicated that
Colonel Gaddafi, who is chairman of the AU stormed out because he did not agree with his colleagues on three main issues:

  • The naming of the new authority to run Africa.
  • Col Gaddafi demanded that he should be given the title: “king of kings’’ but his colleagues refused.
  • There was no agreement on the nature of portfolios to be created.

Col Gaddafi was recently elected by the heads of state of the 53-member union behind closed doors at a summit in Ethiopia. “I shall continue to insist that our sovereign countries work to achieve the United States of Africa,” he said in his inaugural speech. The chairmanship of the African Union is a rotating position held by heads of state for one year. Apparently, this year it was the turn of a North African leader to chair the bloc, and what do you know – Col Gaddafi was the only one present.

Which works out just perfectly! He could not remake the Arab world in the 1990s, so the beginning of the new century must start with a new project – the unification of the African continent into the “United States of Africa.” And who else but the Leader and Guide of the Revolution and longest-serving head of government in the world have the guts to do this?

Tantrums are temporary setbacks. Don’t worry, he’ll be baaack.

“King of Kings” Threw a Tantrum

Photo from Agência Brasil
L
icensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Brazil


Kenya’s Daily Nation reported late yesterday that the African Union met until the wee hours but failed to agree on the creation of a new body to move the continent towards a single government. “It all unraveled when Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi stormed out of the meeting room just after 2 am this morning and a few minutes later, all the leaders filed out.”


The newspaper’s sources indicated that
Colonel Gaddafi, who is chairman of the AU stormed out because he did not agree with his colleagues on three main issues:

  • The naming of the new authority to run Africa.
  • Col Gaddafi demanded that he should be given the title: “king of kings’’ but his colleagues refused.
  • There was no agreement on the nature of portfolios to be created.

Col Gaddafi was recently elected by the heads of state of the 53-member union behind closed doors at a summit in Ethiopia. “I shall continue to insist that our sovereign countries work to achieve the United States of Africa,” he said in his inaugural speech. The chairmanship of the African Union is a rotating position held by heads of state for one year. Apparently, this year it was the turn of a North African leader to chair the bloc, and what do you know – Col Gaddafi was the only one present.

Which works out just perfectly! He could not remake the Arab world in the 1990s, so the beginning of the new century must start with a new project – the unification of the African continent into the “United States of Africa.” And who else but the Leader and Guide of the Revolution and longest-serving head of government in the world have the guts to do this?

Tantrums are temporary setbacks. Don’t worry, he’ll be baaack.