Our own Ambassador Vicki Huddleston presents this dynamic program in conversation with CIR’s Sandy Campbell — with lots of slides — about the collapsing states of the Sahel. Twenty years ago, the Algerian Islamic Army introduced radical Islam into the moderate Sufi Sahara; the breakdown of Libya accelerated the growth of terrorism across the region. Desertification, corruption, incompetence, poverty, and ethnic strife now threaten the very existence of these states and potentially the more prosperous coastal West Africa states. Among other posts, Ambassador Huddleston led four U.S. diplomatic missions in Cuba, Mali, Madagascar, and Ethiopia, all of which gives her a unique perspective on the African continent.