15 January 2013

Foreign adventures

You may be interested to see this satellite photo of Mali (lifted from Wikipedia):

Mali is a huge country in West Africa, occupying 478,000 sq miles.  (By comparison, France is about half this size.)  Its population amounts to some 14.5 million, while gdp is less than $18 billion (cf French gdp of more than $2.2 trillion).  All of which has military implications.

I rather doubt if France (and the UK) will be able to get out of Mali as quickly as they got in.  Accordingly, we may hear a lot more about this poor country over the next five years or so ...

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