ACSS to Hold Panel Discussion: “Priorities for Stabilizing Northern Mali”

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 01/25/2013

Maghreb militants to MaliThe Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) plans to host two panel discussions on the subject of “Priorities for Stabilizing Northern Mali” on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at National Defense University facilities in Washington, D.C.

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies invites you to a Roundtable on:

Priorities for Stabilizing Northern Mali

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

National Defense University
Marshall Hall (Bldg 62), Room 155

Fort McNair, 4th & P St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20319

The military intervention in northern Mali by French and West African troops has changed the trajectory of what had been a steadily deteriorating security situation. Even so, considerable confusion persists regarding the nature and motivations of the militant groups, the degree of local support they enjoy, and underlying grievances that have fostered instability in northern Mali. These factors have fundamental implications for the course of military operations moving forward and the broader stabilization strategy for this region.

Recognizing the fluidity of events on the ground, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies is convening a pair of expert panels to help clarify the actors and drivers of instability in Mali and the requirements for stabilizing this territory beyond the near-term military intervention. Drawing on lessons from Africa and elsewhere, the panels will highlight priorities for Malian, African, and international actors as they engage this crisis within its broader strategic significance.

Panel 1 – “Clarifying the Forces of Instability in Northern Mali
8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Djallil Lounnas
Professor, Insurgency and Trans-Sahel Radicalism in North Africa and the Sahel-Sahara
Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morrocco

Rida Lyammouri
Northern Mali Analyst
Navanti Group

Mathurin Houngnikpo
Chair, Civil-Military Relations
Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Moderated by Benjamin P. Nickels
Assistant Professor of Transnational Threats & Counter-Terrorism, Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Panel 2“Priorities for Stabilizing Northern Mali”
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Patrick de Vathaire
Colonel French Army and
Senior French Representative
Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Johanna Mendelson Forman
Author, Third Generation Stabilization Operations Center for Strategic and International Studies

Sharon Bean
Development Advisor, Trans-Sahel
Counter-Terrorism Program

Moderated by Joseph Siegle
Director of Research, Africa Center for Strategic Studies

The event will be on the record with news media present.

Space is limited. Please RSVP with your name and affiliation to

Michelle Cavalcanti at

Media must RSVP to by February 5, 2013.

Twitter users can follow the Roundtable at #ACSSMali

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The Africa Center for Strategic Studies
3rd Avenue SW (Fort McNair Buildings 20-21)
Washington, D.C. 20319-5066