WASHINGTON, D.C.-A delegation of the Ethiopian National Defense Force visited the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) headquarters on 21 September. Colonel Alemseged Hadera Teklu, the Commandant of the Ethiopian Command and Staff College, and his colleagues were the distinguished guests. ACSS Deputy Director Michael E. Garrison presented an overview of the center’s mission and programs during the visit, which included a questions and answers session between the Ethiopian representatives and ACSS’s leadership and academic teams. The discussion focused on fostering relations between the Ethiopian military and the Africa Center.
The group discussed current security challenges facing Africa including failed states such as Somalia and the transnational issues of drug trafficking and crime. The Ethiopian visitors inquired about the US perspective on such problems. Both delegations voiced hope that they could partner on future initiatives to tackle the region’s greatest concerns
The delegation is on a two-week US visit, which is aimed at exposing senior Ethiopian officers in command of the country’s military training institutions to US counterpart organizations and other government agencies. The trip is focused on promoting courses available to the Ethiopians under the US International Military Education and Training (IMET) program. IMET is a component of U.S. security assistance that provides grant-based training to students from allied and friendly nations.