Mali–United States relations
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Mali-United States relations, while historically friendly, have been radically altered by the March 2012 military coup that ousted the previous democratic government. The Mali government was a strong partner with the U.S. in its efforts to combat violent extremists, but the United States has officially suspended military relations with Mali following the military coup. Despite the official suspension of military relations, the Special Forces of the United States military continue to operate covert missions in Mali, as was revealed on April 20, when a Toyota Land Cruiser was found crashed in the Niger River with the bodies of three U.S. Army commandos and three women.1
According to a 2007 global opinion poll, 79% of Malians view the United States favorably.2 According to the 2012 U.S. Global Leadership Report, 87% of Malians approve of U.S. leadership, with 10% disapproving and 4% uncertain, the second-highest rating of the U.S. for any surveyed country in Africa.3
Mali was a regional partner in the Global War on Terrorism. Mali also serves as an important laboratory for testing new anti-malaria medicines for use by American citizen travelers and for research that will have an Africa-wide impact. USAID, Peace Corps, and other U.S. Government programs play a significant role in fostering sustainable economic and social development. Prior to the March 2012 military coup, USAID programs also served to strengthen efforts to consolidate the peace process in northern Mali and the region's socioeconomic and political integration. In response to the coup, all aid from the United States was cut off.
Principal U.S. Officials include:
- Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic
- Deputy Chief of Mission--Peter Barlerin
- Director, USAID Mission--Rebecca Black
- Director, Peace Corps--Michael Simsik
- Public Affairs Officer--Kate Kaetzer-Hodson
- Management Officer--Matthew Cook
- Political/Economic Officer--Peter Newman
- Consular Officer--Rebecca Drame
- Defense Attaché--LTC Eric Dalton
There is a U.S. Embassy in Bamako, Mali.
Among the previous eighteen U.S. Ambassadors to Mali are included:
- "Mysterious fatal crash offers rare look at U.S. commando presence in Mali". Washington Post. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
- Opinion of the United States Pew Research Center
- U.S. Global Leadership Project Report - 2012 Gallup
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