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Does Mali Matter?

by John on 03/06/2013

We should anticipate some hot spots around the globe — especially in Africa.  We’re seeing it already in Mali.

In this podcast, the first of a series on Mali, I speak with an expert on conflicts in the region.

You can listen here.

Here is the book review I did earlier, and mention in the podcast, on Winner Take All about the battle for natural resources in Africa.

A couple of take-aways if you can’t listen right away.

Mali matters to the US.

  • They have massive natural resources that need to be open to the world economy and not terrorists.
  • Islamic extremists seem bent on controlling swaths of Africa.
  • US troops don’t need to be on the ground, but Special Forces can advise.  (Next podcast)

 

 

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