Terrorism: The Scourge of Africa?
October 22, 2020 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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The poorest countries in the world begin at the Atlantic Ocean with Mauritania and string out across the Sahel and the Sahara Desert. African empires, the Islamic expansion, the slave trade, crazed European explorers, colonies and independence all created the fragile countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, and Sudan — more a collection of ethnicities and nomads than nation states. Twenty years ago, the Algerian Islamic Army introduced radical Islam into the moderate Sufi Sahara; the breakdown of Libya accelerated the growth of terrorism across the region. Desertification, corruption, incompetence, poverty, and ethnic strife now threaten the very existence of these states and potentially the more prosperous coastal West Africa states. Should we be concerned, or should we shut our eyes to the 21st Century scourge of terrorism in Africa?
Join our own Ambassador Vicki Huddleston for this dynamic program — with lots of slides — about the collapsing states of the Sahel. Among other posts, she led four U.S. diplomatic missions in Cuba, Mali, Madagascar, and Ethiopia, all of which gives her a unique perspective on the African continent.
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