- Judd Devermont, Director, Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Thomas W. Brandt, Communications Director, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran
- Ms. Claudia Banz , Deputy Director, Western Africa Division, United Nations
- Lt. Col. Paul Hynes Snyder, UN Military Staff Officer - U.S. Army
Please join us for a discussion on the stability and security situation in Mali and how the U.S. and UN are partners to support the peace process after successful democratic elections in 2018. The UN Peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSMA, with support from the international community helped push out terrorist groups in northern Mali after extremists imposed sharia law and were marching toward the capitol of Bamako. But challenges remain, MINUSMA has been one of the deadliest peacekeeping missions with over 100 UN Peacekeepers killed since its inception in 2013. Our speakers will discuss why the U.S. and UN partnership in the region is critical to promoting peace and stability in the Sahel.