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Protesters in Bamako, Mali

Coup in Mali spells risk, instability and violence

Popular protests and military pressure have combined to bring down another longtime African leader, Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. A tumultuous transition period has become somewhat clearer, with the appointment of a civilian president and a government that includes opposing armed factions. But violence and a refugee crisis have worsened due in part to jihadist groups, implicating both neighboring countries and international forces in the region.

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