The ship that was blocking the Suez Canal has been free for about a week now, but the incident is making people all over the world think again about supply chain resilience.
- Adm. Jamie Foggo (USN-ret.), former Commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Africa, said it is critical to work with other navies so we maintain open access in the case of a catastrophic event in the Suez Canal like the recent blockage.
- Foggo said Great Power Competition extends to Africa with its significant Chinese presence and that China is now putting pressure on the Arctic region as well with its Belt and Road Initiative, which Foggo said requires dialogue.
- Foggo would like to see a continuation of strong partnerships with African allies through U.S. naval presence, training and exercises.