What’s at stake in Mali?

There are two crises afflicting Mali today: one political and the other military. In neither case can Canada ignore its uncomfortable slice of responsibility, stemming from its strong pre-coup aid contribution and commanding role in the Libyan intervention.

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Tuareg militants, seen driving near Timbuktu, Mali on May 7, 2012.
Chris W. J. Roberts
Published: Thursday, 01/10/2013 11:28 pm EST
Last Updated: Monday, 01/14/2013 12:58 am EST

It has been a frustrating few weeks listening to pundits as well as gauging public reaction to the widening crisis in Mali and Canada’s possible response. Unfortunately, serious analysis about both the nature of the crisis and what is ultimately at stake is markedly absent, preventing any thoughtful debate.

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