Algeria and Mali Update

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Herman Cohen, director of the Africa Project at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and former assistant secretary of state for Africa, discusses the conflict in Mali that escalated with the hostage-taking in Algeria.


Herman Cohen

Comments [7]

Bob from Westchester

I found this "FAQ" on Mali in yesterday's Washington Post a helpful start in addressing my ignorance on this situation:

Jan. 17 2013 11:47 AM
fuva from harlemworld

OK, so Herman didn't mention the mineral deposits and explorable potential oil fields that the West (and maybe China) is salivating over. Cannot depend on the West to get a full picture of these kinds of issues.

Jan. 17 2013 11:40 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Nobody is a "threat to the US" until the US gets hit, as with Pearl Harbor and in 0n 9/11. But we have allies, and theoretically, what is a threat to them is therefore a threat to us. We have been helping allies against potential threats ever since we heavily supported the French in Indochina in the early 1950s, the predecessor to our own Vietnam War.

Jan. 17 2013 11:39 AM

Yes, Brian I COULD find it on a map and I think some of your listeners could find it too. I spent many years working with programs West Africa and probably logged a huge number of miles on Air Afrique. This news deeply saddens me.

Jan. 17 2013 11:35 AM

My stars! Grampa Al, replaced by Johnny Carson?

Kidding, excellent guest.

Jan. 17 2013 11:35 AM
Tariq from Midtown

The Algerian government didn't want to "ignore" the extremists in the mountains. Many people don't know they just ended a very long and very bloody civil war in 2003 that went on for around twelve years. They do not have the resources to deal with these extremists. The government asked for help during the civil war, no one responded. It's unfair to say they are "embarrassed" by this.

Jan. 17 2013 11:33 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Hostage-taking and piracy is what brought Jefferson to make war on the Barbary pirate states in 1801 and brought the European powers into colonizing the Maghreb in the first place.

Jan. 17 2013 11:24 AM

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