West Africa and the Crisis in Mali
Ambassador Said Djinnit, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for West Africa; Head of the UN Office for West Africa
Chair: Bob Dewar, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Many West African states have overcome the political and economic difficulties which characterized the region in the late 1980s and early 1990s to establish themselves as leading African examples of representative democracy. However, the chaotic aftermath of the March 2012 coup in Mali has drawn into stark relief the fragility of West Africa's successes. The interlinked crises of food insecurity, failing governance, organized crime and the emerging threat of terrorism in the Sahel will increasingly impact West Africa's stability and security.
Ambassador Said Djinnit will discuss the challenges that West Africa faces as it deals with multi-faceted threats. He will also highlight the unique role the region plays within the continent, and the steps West African countries have taken in response to the Mali crisis.
Attendance is by invitation only.