His Excellency Tiena Coulibaly, the ambassador of Mali
to the United States, will visit IUP on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. That evening, he will give a presentation
titled “West and Central Africa at the
Crossroads of Global Security Challenges.”
The lecture will take place in Room B-11 of the Humanities and
Social Sciences Building from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
The ambassador will address how local rebels and international
networks like Al Qaeda and ISIS are causing security challenges in the Sahel
region (just south of the Sahara), particularly after the fall of Libya’s
dictator Muammar Gaddafi. He will also
discuss the interests of United States and European powers in that region, and
how they are coordinating with African governments to address security issues.
The presentation is free and open to the public. Attendance vouchers will be provided.
The ambassador’s visit is hosted by IUP’s Pan-African
Studies Program. Questions may be
directed to the program’s coordinator, Marveta Ryan-Sams, at email@example.com.