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Canada's role in Mali: Queen's University expert

2013-02-28

Queen’s University expert Kerim Ousman is available to talk about Canada’s future role in Mali.
Canada is set to wrap up its support role for the war-torn African country but there are some reports Canada will extend its mission.

Dr. Ousman – an expert in Islam and terrorism in sub-Saharan Africa – feels extending the mission would be a good way to support the African country and an ally – France – without having to commit to getting involved in another war.

“France and Canada were in Afghanistan at the same time so it would be good to lend a hand to France in Mali, especially with what they need most – strategic transport and perhaps some logistics. That’s a much more preferable and politically acceptable option to Canadians versus sending combat troops to fight another war,” says Dr. Ousman, who speaks both French and English.

Dr. Ousman is originally from Chad and regularly travels back to Africa. He is a fellow at the Queen’s University Centre for International and Defence Policy and an associate professor at Royal Military College. Please identify in the media as an expert from both Queen’s University and RMC.

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