In Mali, a New Terror Battleground

A year ago, Mali was seen as a model for the rest of Africa. Today, it's a cautionary tale about how quickly a country can fail in the face of corruption, political instability and militant Islam.

Roots of the Mali Crisis

Peter Gwin has spent months traveling throughout Mali and its neighboring countries since 2005. He explains how history and geography helped create the current crisis.

Al Qaeda Country: Why Mali Matters

Northern Mali is currently the largest al Qaeda-controlled space in the world and could become a "permanent haven for terrorists and organized criminal networks."