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The Wilson Center Blog, Africa Up Close, has a very interesting piece, “A Consultant’s Perspective: A ‘Window of Opportunity’ for Change in Mali” on Mali’s recent plunge into chaos.

I have no idea who the writer, Peter Bauman, is, but his candor is quite refreshing.  One statement in particular is priceless: “Typically, by the time my contract is complete, I have only begun to discover how much I do not know.”

If even consultants are making these claims, why do we have a culture that so relies on their (incomplete) services?  If only the NSA whistle-blower and Booz Allen Hamilton contractor Edward Snowden could have sparked debate on the consultancy industry.