“Our lives begin to end the minute we become silent about things that matter” Martin Luther King.
By Wilson Mading Koc, Juba, South Sudan
February 11, 2016 (SSB) —- According to Miriam Webster, foreign Policy is “the policy of a sovereign state in its interaction with other sovereign states” in other words an action plan by State on how it handles bilateral relations with another nation or a multinational organization to safeguard its national interest. Foreign policy is dictated by the country’s military strength, economic power, political ideology and geo-location of the country. SPLM in its formative stages picked Ethiopia as it base, because Ethiopia was receptive to SPLM ideology and its objectives, but was perceived by the west as a communist inclined movement, Simply because Ethiopia was a socialist state at the time…the West was short of what the movement’s intentions where until the end of the cold war…in fact the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent ousting of Ethiopia’s Workers’ party or DERG regime was a blessing in disguise to the SPLM, because after these events, SPLM relocated its liaison offices to East Africa where it established contacts with the western nations.