Introducing Amanuensis Ltd.

One-Hand_4x6Oxford Dictionaries define “amanuensis” as a “literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts.”

Amanuensis Ltd. is the new professional sobriquet for free-lance writer and editor Richard Sincere, who has more than 30 years’ experience in public policy analysis, communications, and public relations.  The aim of Amanuensis Ltd. is to provide research and editorial services to clients who wish to communicate a message in their own voices with the behind-the-scenes assistance of an accomplished editor and ghost writer.

In his own words, “I am able to work fast and smart on deadline, adapt to changing conditions, and adopt the voice of my clients for speech writing and ghostwriting.”

Richard Sincere’s articles on public policy issues have appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Wall Street Journal, Washington Examiner, Washington Star, and Washington Times, among dozens of other newspapers, as well as professional and policy journals like America, Global Affairs, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Journal of Civil Defense, Millennium, Strategic Review, Vital Speeches of the Day, and others.  Some of these articles have been reprinted in the Congressional Record.

Richard Sincere’s professional interests have been focused largely on Sub-Saharan Africa and studying trends, events, politics, and culture in the region. Since 1993, in particular, he has worked for governments, political parties, businesses, and individuals in such countries as Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda (as well as non-African countries like Georgia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, and Pakistan).

In addition to these experiences, he has also written speeches for heads of state, diplomats, Members of Congress and political candidates in the United States. He is a member of the African Studies Association (ASA) and the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA).  As director of African affairs and, subsequently, director of international economic affairs at the International Freedom Foundation, he edited the quarterly journal, terra nova, and the monthly newsletter, Sub-Saharan Monitor (recently revived as an online news aggregator).  He also edited a quarterly newsletter at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Richard Sincere is the author of two books, The Politics of Sentiment:  Churches and Foreign Investment in South Africa (1984) and Sowing the Seeds of Free Enterprise:  The Politics of U.S. Aid in Africa (1990), as well as co-editor (with Zbigniew Brzezinski, Marin Strmecki, and Peter Wehner) of Promise or Peril:  The Strategic Defense Initiative (1986).

For 15 years, he was entertainment editor for The Metro Herald, an African-American weekly published in Alexandria, Virginia.  In that capacity, he reviewed concerts, plays, and musicals; interviewed artists, performers, composers, playwrights, and directors; and commissioned and edited reviews by other writers.  His interviews with various authors and book reviews published over the past three decades are archived at Book Reviews by Rick Sincere.

Mr. Sincere has earned degrees from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the London School of Economics and Political Science.