Crises in Algeria, Mali Reflect Regional Unrest (PBS NewsHour)

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PBS NewshourIn a discussion of the geopolitical factors at play in recent terrorist activity in Algeria and Mali, PBS NewsHour speaks with Dartmouth’s Dirk Vandewalle, associate professor of government and adjunct associate professor at the Tuck School of Business, and Mary-Jane Deeb, chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress.

Asked by NewsHour whether the recent standoff at the gas plant in Algeria indicates that there is a regional crisis, Vandewalle says, in many ways, “this has been a regional crisis ever since the Libyan regime, the Gadhafi regime, was replaced in Libya. … And so, in a sense, it is not only a regional crisis; it’s a crisis that involves very closely goals outside the region as well, meaning, particularly, the European Union and the United States and to some extent the African Union, as well.”

Watch the full video, broadcast 1/18/13 on PBS NewsHour.