April 12, 2013
On April 16, Simmons College will host an expert panel and discussion surrounding the crisis in Mali. “A Sudden Onset of Terror: The Sad Case of Mali,” will be held at the Simmons School of Management, M223 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The discussion will focus on the 2012 rebellion in the African country, which was hijacked by Islamist extremists with forces linked to Al-Qaeda that subsequently pushed the country to the brink of disaster. Few Malians anticipated the sudden failure of their once well-regarded democratic government, the disintegration of their country’s armed forces, and the deliberate destruction of its cultural heritage. Although a French-led military intervention aided the country, Mali still remains damaged and represents a major concern for neighboring countries Algeria and Nigeria.
The evening will be moderated by Mark M. Bellamy, Warburg Chair of International Relations at Simmons and former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya. Among the panelists featured are Colonel Birame Diop, director of Partners for Democratic Change (Dakar) and of the Africa Institute for Security Sector Transformation (Dakar); and Kate Almquist Knopf, Visiting Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Development and former assistant administrator for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).