For over four decades, Canada has provided development aid and assistance to Mali. The nation’s recent decision, however, to provide logistical support to the French forces in Mali has generated some debate. In the following clip, Scott Taylor, publisher and editor of Canadian military magazine Esprit de Corps, discusses the Canadian role in Mali and both the potential challenges and advantages of contributing Canadian personnel.  Taylor maintains that Canada has a responsibility for Mali’s present situation, due largely to questionable organizations or causes that we have contributed to in the past.

For more information and current development on the Canadian role, explore the links below.

“Canada’s role in Mali: Little clarity, a lot of confusion” from The Toronto Star, 6 February 2013.

“MPs Debate Canada’s Role in Mali” from CBC News, 5 February 2013.

“Canada’s Mali mission to cost $18.6 million, top soldier says” from CTV News, 31 January 2013.