As international military intervention in northern Mali gets underway, there remains a need for a nuanced political response to the crisis in the country. The longer-term political implications of interconnected insecurity for the wider western Sahel also deserve attention, as concerns about the spread of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the potential influence of Boko Haram across Nigeria's northern border, the largely undetected criminal activity in remote desert areas and the effects of chronic food insecurity in the region remain.
This half-day seminar will bring together experts and policymakers to assess what is politically achievable in Mali, to identify potential obstacles to deeper international cooperation with and within the Sahel, and to draw out workable and novel ideas for international policy towards the region.
Attendance is by invitation only.
Please note this event will not be held at Chatham House.
For more information please contact Tighisti Amare