The Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) hosted a pair of expert panels February 6, 2013, that examined the actors and drivers of instability in northern Mali and the requirements for stabilizing this territory beyond the near-term military intervention. The roundtable, attended by more than 200 people in Washington, D.C., sought to highlight the complexity of the stabilization challenge in northern Mali. The event took place at facilities of the National Defense University and was attended by international diplomatic, military, and academic officials, as well as by representatives of nongovernmental organizations.
Drawing on past experience in Mali and from stabilization experiences elsewhere in Africa and around the world, experts on the second panel, discussed the priorities for stabilizing northern Mali.
Presenters included: Colonel Patrick de Vathaire, Senior French Representative at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, who stressed the importance of developing the capacity of Malian government and security sector institutions to address the challenges within its borders; Johanna Mendelson Forman, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), who stressed the role that the marginalization of Malians living outside of Bamako has played in the ongoing crisis; and Sharon Bean, Development Advisor to the USAID’s Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Program, who posited that instability and insecurity in Mali ultimately result from governance failure in Bamako. The panel was moderated by Dr. Benjamin P. Nickels, Assistant Professor of Transnational Threats and Counter-Terrorism at the Africa Center.
TRANSCRIPT: ACSS Roundtable 2: [PDF]
TRANSCRIPT: ACSS Roundtable 1: [HTML]
Panel 2 – [VIDEO]
ACSS Panels Discuss Priorities for Restoring Stability in Mali