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School of Policy Studies

A Lament for Africa

Friday, January 10, 2014


OpEd by Ambassador (R) Louis A. Delvoie comments on the contemporary state of affairs in Africa in Friday's Kingston Whig Standard.

"When contemplating a map of the world today, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that the most blighted region on earth is sub-Saharan Africa. While many other countries and areas have their problems, none match the prevalence of violence, disease, poverty and malnutrition evident in Africa. Some 60 years after most African countries achieved independence, their record of achievement and development is truly lamentable, and a cause for sorrow, sympathy and worry."


Read the complete OpEd


Louis Delvoie was educated at Loyola College, the University of Toronto, McGill University and the National Defence College of Canada. He joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1965. Between 1965 and 1980 he worked in Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, Belgium and Yugoslavia, as well as in Ottawa. He subsequently served abroad as Ambassador to Algeria, Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and High Commissioner to Pakistan. In Ottawa, he was Director General of the Bureau of International Security and Arms Control in the Department of External Affairs and Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy in the Department of National Defence. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1995.

From 1995 to 2002, he was an adjunct professor of international relations at Queen’s University and at Royal Military College. He is now a Senior Fellow in the Centre for International Relations at Queen’s University and a visiting lecturer at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute in Ottawa. He is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs on CBC Radio. His numerous articles on Canadian foreign and security policy, and on international relations generally, have appeared in International Journal, Behind the Headlines, Canadian Defence Quarterly, Policy Options, Canadian Foreign Policy, The Round Table, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Military Journal and in a variety of books.

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