We Never Knew Exactly Where

Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali


We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali

FP's new ebook by Peter Chilson.

A masterful blend of reportage and history from one of the world's newest front lines in the war on terror -- the endangered African country of Mali.

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What happens when a country suddenly splits in two? In 2012, Mali, once a poster child for African democracy, all but collapsed in a succession of coups and countercoups as Islamist rebels claimed control of the country's north, making it a new safe haven for al Qaeda. Prizewinning author Peter Chilson became one of the few Westerners to travel to the conflict zone in the following months to document conditions on the ground. What he found was a hazy dividing line between the uncertain, demoralized remnants of Mali's south and the new statelet formed in the north by jihadi fighters, who successfully commandeered a long-running rebellion by the country's ethnic Tuareg minority to turn Mali into a new frontier in the fast-morphing global war on terror. Chilson's definitive account -- the first in the new Borderlands series of ebooks from Foreign Policy and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting -- is a gripping read, taking us back to the founding of French West Africa and right to the very front lines of this contentious new flash point.

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About the author: Peter Chilson teaches writing and literature at Washington State University and is author of the travelogue Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa and the story collection Disturbance-Loving Species: A Novella and Stories. His essays, journalism, and short stories have appeared in Foreign Policy, the American Scholar, Gulf Coast, High Country News, Audubon, and Ascent, among other publications, as well as twice in the Best American Travel Writing anthology. A longtime visitor to Mali pursuing scholarly inquiries on French West Africa and the history of its borders, Chilson first traveled to the region in 1985 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. 


Islamists in a Changing Middle East


Islamists in a Changing World

A new FP Middle East Channel ebook in partnership with the Project on Middle East Political Science.

Drawn from essays originally published on ForeignPolicy.com's Middle East Channel, this collection offers well-informed, timely, and highly readable analysis of the Islamist movements that are reshaping the politics and society of the Middle East.

The election of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi as president of Egypt has sharpened the focus on the role of Islamist movements in a rapidly changing Arab world. Social and political movements based on a political reading of Islam have for decades been among the largest, best organized, and most effective forces in many Arab countries. Since the Arab uprisings, they have faced new opportunities and challenges -- from elections in Tunisia and Egypt to fighting in Syria and Libya. Who are these Islamists? What do they want? How do they fit within the political arenas in which they operate?  Islamists in a Changing Middle East, edited by Marc Lynch, brings together reporting and analysis from nearly two dozen of the world's top experts on such movements -- including Khalil el-Anani, Nathan Brown, Shadi Hamid, Michael Wahid Hanna, Laila Lalami, Stephane Lacroix, Nir Rosen, Olivier Roy, and many more.

This special ebook, edited by the Project on Middle East Political Science's Marc Lynch, assembles an exclusive collection of top writers and scholars writing on the region today. Buy it now for just $4.99.