Getting Mali Wrong

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Malian National guards patrol on January 16, 2013 at a military airbase in Bamako. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

Laura Seay, assistant professor of political science at Morehouse College, warns against bad analogies about the conflict in Mali in her recent Foreign Policy article, "Mali Is Not a Stan."


Laura Seay

Comments [10]

Typical american RichardUWS; if america can't get the credit then vilify ,vilify ,vilify![everyone's corrupt except the pure americans].You must love Fox though our politicians run on this self serving vilification narrative too.

Feb. 07 2013 02:27 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

"I had to change the dial."

Where did you get a new dial? Home Depot or Lowes?

Feb. 07 2013 12:04 PM
Fred Gardener from Queens

Why do we listeners have to suffer a guest who says "um" several times in every sentence, sprinkled liberally with "I mean"s? Is there not an intelligent guest available who can speak properly? Listening to Dr. Seay is like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard. In point of substance, any segment like this that points out different situations in the Islamic world are different is indeed important. Not even sure what a "stan" is, there is no such thing. Too bad Dr. Seay can't speak, I had to change the dial.

Feb. 07 2013 11:39 AM
harouna diakite from Harlem

I disagree with anywan who says that the recent interventions in my country began with France. NO! No! No ! And no Again! The invasion of Mali began in March 2012 with Arabs and treasonous white Malians returning from Libya. Arabs have long thought that European slave trade infringed on their livelihood. Ever since "independence" in Africa, Arabs have redoubled their colonialisation efforts because Euorpe had "withdrawn". As for me, I make no mistke, Arabs are equally our enemy. Me and my family do not want to be Arabs!

Feb. 07 2013 10:57 AM
Tony from Tribeca

Alexander the Great's misadventures in central Asia get a bad rap. Hellenic influence in the region lasted for hundreds of years.

Feb. 07 2013 10:53 AM
Janet Goldner from NYC

1. Malians wanted Americans to help them rather than France. We refused to go in forcing France to do so when the criminals occupying the north of Mali began to push south towards the capital in early January. If France had not come to Mali's rescue, the criminals would have occupied Bamako by now. This is why France has been hailed as liberators.

2. The crisis in the north of Mali has everything to do with mineral resources-- so far unexploited oil and gas deposits.

3. The current crisis came into being due to governance that was so weakened by corruption and nepotism that it simply collapsed under the pressure of the rebellion in the north. Regaining the territorial integrity of Mali is the first phase of a longer struggle to establish good governance in Mali. it is indeed related to the issues present in the Arab Spring.

Feb. 07 2013 10:51 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Yes, the distinctions made between this French expedition into Mali and US/Russia into Afghanistan is important to make. But the connection between the chaos wrought by French colonialism on the area and these kinds of conflicts must not be lost -- on Malians or us.

It would be interesting to hear what Wole Soyinka has to say on this topic.

Feb. 07 2013 10:42 AM

Once again France gets credit for disaster management in a former colony where it never bothered to establish or encourage stable, viable democracy when they were in charge. They are mainly securing places to dump their nuclear waste long-term.

Feb. 07 2013 10:41 AM
Sarosh from Manhattan

1. I don't think there's anything fundamentally wrong with comparing interventions in different parts of the world to try to learn from our many, many mistakes.

2. The author (or her editors) makes the mistake of categorization when she says "Afghanistan is not a Stan." Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan have little, if anything, in common with Pakistan.

Feb. 07 2013 10:40 AM
Joe from Borooklyn

Isn't Mali & the French more like Sierra Leone & the British?

Feb. 07 2013 10:36 AM

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