Musanze, 29 January 2015
Lt Gen (Rtd) Karl Winfrid Eikenberry told the media that Rwanda was an exemplary secure and developing country in Africa and the world. He made this statement on 29 January 2015 after delivering a two day lecture on “Thinking and Acting Strategically in National Security matters” to Students of Rwanda Defence Force Command and Staff College, in Musanze.
“What I’ve seen on ground has far exceeded in terms of performance of this country I could imagine ... and come here to find how this country and the people, the military has been able to rise from the ashes, sorry to speak, and see a vibrant society which is coherent, prosperous, and a sense of unity. I look at Rwanda serving as a very great example not only for this region of Africa, but actually globally”, reiterated Ambassador Gen (Rtd) Karl Winfrid Eikenberry.
He noted that the military supported the civilian leadership to realise and achieve their goals by ensuring security.
Lt Gen (Rtd) Karl Winfrid Eikenberry (right), the Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan explained to the media that he would recommend to the United States to continue maintaining good relations with Rwanda diplomatically, politically, economically and militarily.
Major Oyoo Peter (UPDF), one of the Comand and Staff College Students that attended Lt Gen (Rtd) Eikenberry lecture told the media that it was a great opportunity for Students to have as external lecturer, an experienced General and Diplomat from the US at the RDF Command and Staff College.
“The knowledge, we get here will help us in military leadership in the region”, the package is really quite helpful”, he said before mentioning that “knowledge is wealth”.
Lt Gen Karl Eikenberry, 64, is the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and a faculty member of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. He is also an Affiliated Faculty member with the Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law, and Researcher with The Europe Center at Stanford University
Prior to his arrival at Stanford, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 until July 2011, where he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to reverse insurgent momentum and set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty.