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Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali - We Never Knew Exactly Where
Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali - We Never Knew Exactly Where Author:Peter Chilson Globalization hasn't killed borders; it's made them more interesting. Over the past year, "Foreign Policy" in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting commissioned leading writers to travel several of the world's most impenetrable fault lines, the global gray zones where countries and people -- and our often... more » flawed ideas about them -- meet. In this, the first in a series to result from our Borderlands project, Peter Chilson reports from Mali, once an African model of democracy and now reeling from a series of divisive coups and countercoups. In the country's north, jihadist rebels claim to have established a new statelet, Azawad, though there are no guards or signposts marking its borders, and Chilson, who has visited Mali for years, became one of the few Westerners to travel to the conflict zone in 2012 to document conditions on the ground in what is today one of the world's newest flashpoints. What he found is a hazy, imprecise dividing line between the uncertain, demoralied remnants of this African democracy and the al Qaeda-supporting fighters who successfully commandeered a long-running, on-again, off-again rebellion by the country's ethnic Tuareg minority to turn Mali into a new front on the fast-morphing global war on terror.
Chilson's account is a masterful blend of reportage and history, taking us back to the founding of French West Africa and right to the very front lines of a conflict that is destroying much of the historic treasure in the fabled city of Timbuktu. In a year when Mali unexpectedly vaulted to the world's front pages, Chilson skillfully draws on his years of scholarly work and journalistic adventures in the country to produce the definitive account of a contentious new frontier.« less