See Tommy Miles’s critique of my recent post on Newsweek’s Sahel piece, here and here (as well as my responses). Miles is known to this blog for work on the Tuaregs and Mali and Niger. His comments are especially relevant because they offer a strong account of the terrorism issue in Mali and Niger, showing that AQIM and other disruptive Islamist tendencies are significantly weaker outside the Arabophone areas of the region. He also highlights the positive elements of the Johnson piece, admittedly under-severed in my piece. He corrects my post where it is wrong and adds valuable insights, in the spirit of the pretentious bit of Latin on the sidebar.