Public Record - Islamic Terrorism and Blood Diamonds
On February 16, 2012, Robert R. Fowler, former Canadian ambassador to the UN, and Ian Smillie, founder of the Canadian NGO Inter Pares, discussed the violence, repression, chaos and failed governance in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Both speakers brought a unique view of the confrontation between Western values and Islamic fundamentalism. Fowler, acting as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Niger, was kidnapped by Al Qaeda in 2008. Smillie was among the first international investigators who understood and publicly denounced the use of "blood diamonds."