Further down in the same article...
"“I think Gration’s understanding of the situation is pretty sound, but he has a way of appearing less smart than he is,” said Alex DeWaal, a leading scholar on Sudan at the Social Science Research Council. “He has a folksy way that makes him seem to trivialize things, and does him a disservice. But he’s not naïve.”"
Funny, that would describe George W. "Heckuva job" Bush to a T. I wonder about people who after years and years of public service can't learn that their "folksy ways" are indeed "trivializing things"... I guess they are like people who after years and years of Internet commentary can't learn that snarky irony "trivializes things" ;-)
New Africa macroeconomics blogging - Greg Smith is blogging at Ndoronomics.com - sharp analysis on macroeconomics in Ghana and elsewhere. Self-recommending.