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DR. Dona J. Stewart is an External Research Associate of the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) and a Professor of Homeland Security at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She also holds an adjunct position at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Dr. Stewart contributes extensively to initiatives focused on professional education of U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization special operations forces. She previously held the position of Resident Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University. From 1997 to 2009, Dr. Stewart was on the faculty of Georgia State University, her final position was Professor of Geosciences and Director of the Middle East Institute. Dr. Stewart is a former Fulbright Scholar to Jordan. Dr. Stewart’s publishing explores facets of the relationship between human security and conflict. Much of her publishing focuses on the Middle East and North Africa and the role of socio-economic, political and cultural factors in instability and conflict. She is the author of The Middle East Today: Political, Geographical and Cultural Perspectives (Routledge, 2012, 2nd Ed.) and Good Neighbourly Relations: Jordan, Israel and the 1994-2004 Peace Process (I. B. Tauris, 2012, Rev. Ed.). Her most recent article includes “The Sinai Bedouin: Political and Economic Discontent Turns Increasingly Violent,” Middle East Policy Council. Dr. Stewart holds a a B.A. in International Relations from New College of Florida, and an M.A. in Political Science, a Certificate in African Studies, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Florida.
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Authored by Dr. Dona J. Stewart.
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In 2012, Mali simultaneously faced a military coup, a Tuareg nationalist movement, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb control in the north, and a drought-fueled humanitarian emergency. Military intervention restored security; addressing the underlying factors of the crisis is key to achieving long-term stability.