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MEETING CANCELLED - PODCAST AVAILABLE -'In West Africa and South of the Sahara - Tough Decisions as our Military Fights yet another Terrorist War.'

March 30, 2020 at 5:15 PM 
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The Citadel Alumni Center
69 Hagood Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403


With deep regret, WACC has decided to cancel our event planned for March 30. Reluctantly, we are doing this to comply with expert advice, and since it would be unwise to expose our members to risk.



Many of us are aware of the ongoing Islamist threat in Nigeria (Boko Haram) and Somalia ('Black Hawk Down'), but increasingly the countries of West Africa and the Sahel (i.e., south of the Sahara) are the front line of a little known and growing conflict engaging our military forces. U.S. training and advisory missions are evolving into combat engagement that has already claimed significant U.S. casualties. Few Americans are aware of this latest terrorist war. France has taken the lead in combating the Islamists in its former colonies but is hard pressed. Washington faces tough decisions just as the calls grow to pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq though many point to the continuing threat there to U.S. interests. The same is true of the conflict in the Sahel. Another terrorist-related dilemma for American policy.


Katherine Zimmerman, Resident Fellow of the American Enterprise Institute's Critical Threats Project,  has focused on the Sahel. She is widely published, testifies regularly before Congress, briefs Congressional staff, military, intelligence, and diplomatic personnel. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations