January 20, 2013

Africa's Arc of Instability Has Myriad Causes

The Observer, The Guardian

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Events in Africa are a vivid illustration of what happens when the west forgets all that has gone before.

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TAGGED: Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Mali, Algeria, North Africa, Africa

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