WWU Professor of English Christopher Wise gave a talk on Jan. 9 entitled "The Jihad of Iyad Ag Ghali" at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, as part of Green College's "Critical Nationalism, Counterpublics" Series.
Wise's talk focused on the jihad launched in Northern Mali in 2012, especially the role of Iyad Ag Ghali, a secular Tuareg nationalist who became an Al Qaeda jihadist. Ag Ghali currently heads JNIM (Jama'at Nasr al-Islam was Muslimin) which is currently the most dangerous terrorist organization in West Africa, and is considered to be "France's Number One Enemy in Mali." Wise's talk discusses the reasons for sectarian and ethnic conflict in the Sahel and explains why Canada and the United States should continue to offer military and economic assistance to the embattled nation-states like Mali and Burkina Faso.
A link to his talk is included here: https://mediasite.audiovisual.ubc.ca/Mediasite/Play/11a7750317034bee973b2649dc2f514c1d