Lester Munson


Lester Munson served in the George W. Bush administration and is a former Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is currently Vice President, International, at BGR Group, a Washington lobbying and consulting firm.
Articles by Lester Munson
A soldiers checks the area where a suicide bomber from Somalia's Shebab insurgents killed at least 12 people and wounded 27 others, on September 8, 2014, by ramming a vehicle packed with explosives into a convoy of African Union troops in Mogadishu. The attack, the latest in a string of killings, comes exactly one week after a US airstrike killed the chief of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, Ahmed Abdi Godane, prompting threats of retaliation from the extremists.    AFP PHOTO MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB        (Photo credit should read Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)
A soldiers checks the area where a suicide bomber from Somalia's Shebab insurgents killed at least 12 people and wounded 27 others, on September 8, 2014, by ramming a vehicle packed with explosives into a convoy of African Union troops in Mogadishu. The attack, the latest in a string of killings, comes exactly one week after a US airstrike killed the chief of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, Ahmed Abdi Godane, prompting threats of retaliation from the extremists. AFP PHOTO MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB (Photo credit should read Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)
Moroccan protesters hold placards and shout slogans in the capital Rabat, on March 13, 2016, during a demonstration against statements made by the United Nations chief earlier in the week regarding the Western Sahara, a disputed territory between Morocco and the Polisario Front, following his visit to a camp for refugees from the territory.
Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Rabat to protest against UN chief Ban Ki-moon's "lack of neutrality" over Western Sahara. The UN has been trying to oversee an independence referendum for Western Sahara since 1992 after a ceasefire was reached to end a war that broke out when Morocco sent its forces to the former Spanish territory in 1975. The Algerian-backed Polisario Front is seeking independence for the territory, a demand ruled out by Morocco which argues for a broad autonomy for the territory under its sovereignty. Earlier this month Ban visited a camp in Algeria for refugees from Western Sahara as part of a regional tour and spoke of a "human tragedy". He also announced plans to re-launch UN-sponsored talks between Rabat and the Polisario Front.

On March 8, the Moroccan government, in a statement issued by the foreign ministry, accused Ban of speaking out of line and of allegedly using the word "occupation" to describe the status of Western Sahara. / AFP / FADEL SENNA        (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
Moroccan protesters hold placards and shout slogans in the capital Rabat, on March 13, 2016, during a demonstration against statements made by the United Nations chief earlier in the week regarding the Western Sahara, a disputed territory between Morocco and the Polisario Front, following his visit to a camp for refugees from the territory. Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Rabat to protest against UN chief Ban Ki-moon's "lack of neutrality" over Western Sahara. The UN has been trying to oversee an independence referendum for Western Sahara since 1992 after a ceasefire was reached to end a war that broke out when Morocco sent its forces to the former Spanish territory in 1975. The Algerian-backed Polisario Front is seeking independence for the territory, a demand ruled out by Morocco which argues for a broad autonomy for the territory under its sovereignty. Earlier this month Ban visited a camp in Algeria for refugees from Western Sahara as part of a regional tour and spoke of a "human tragedy". He also announced plans to re-launch UN-sponsored talks between Rabat and the Polisario Front. On March 8, the Moroccan government, in a statement issued by the foreign ministry, accused Ban of speaking out of line and of allegedly using the word "occupation" to describe the status of Western Sahara. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
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