The New York Times quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham in an article on the implementation of new diplomatic security protocols in South Sudan:

Independent security analysts have questioned whether the diplomatic groundwork with rebel commanders and South Sudanese officials for the aborted mission was adequate.

“There was no communication with either side,” said J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center of the Atlantic Council, a policy research group in Washington. He said he spoke to both South Sudanese and rebel commanders after the episode.

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