French-led troops in Mali now control the ancient city of Timbuktu, which was occupied for 10 months by Islamists. France now plans to turn over long-term security operations to an African force. Have the militants been defeated or have they just retreated to the desert? We’ll get the latest on the conflict, and discuss the U.S. role in the region.

John Campbell, senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink"
Mamadou Diallo, regional manager for West Africa with Freedom from Hunger
Mark Quarterman, director of research for The Enough Project, which fights to end genocide and crimes against humanity
Chris Fomunyoh, senior associate for Africa National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, international correspondent for NPR

  • Livegreen

    To combat unemployment, poverty and prevent idle young men from turning to terrorism, the US has got to do more to help traditional industries in Mali like textiles.

    Such companies are being desimated as China dumps subsidized knock-offs into Mali and other African countries eliminating entire economies and turning them into simply a source of raw materials for the economy of China.

    China’s mercantilism is keeping Africa down and the U.S. is turning its head. It will only get worse and come back to haunt us.

  • mountain_webbie

    Vive La France! The music, history, culture and people are worth protecting from brutal oppression and they took the lead. Merci beaucoup.

  • Marnie Dunsmore

    Thanks for doing such a great job of covering this very current and under-reported crisis.

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