Yesterday I popped in for about half of a session at the Brookings Institution on ‘The State of Conflict and Prospects for Peace in Africa.’ Panelists included Vanda Felbab-Brown and Amadou Sy of the Brookings Institution and Amb. John Campbell of the Council on Foreign Relations. The panelists focused on sources of instability in Somalia, the Central African Republic, and Nigeria. The moderator was also slated to speak briefly on the Democratic Republic of the Congo but I left in advance of his remarks. Mali was not on the agenda, showing how much things can change in a year.