Several Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) experts conducted interviews with international media to provide background and perspective in the days following France’s decision to take military action in Mali beginning January 11, 2013. Professor Thomas Dempsey, Dr. Mathurin Houngnikpo, and Dr. Joseph Siegle were interviewed by Al-Jazeera English, the BBC and BBC World Service, France 24, National Public Radio, the Voice of America (English language and French services), and other news outlets.
In a January 15 interview [pictured] with VOA’s Jim Randle, Professor Dempsey, the ACSS Chair for Strategic Studies, said ensuring that a legitimate and elected government comes to power Bamako is critical for resolving the Mali crisis in the long term. He also stressed that alienating citizens in northern Mali could empower the extremists in the region. “We need to take care not to drive the people of the north into the arms of the violent extremists,” he said.
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