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The West African state of Mali is in turmoil six months after a military coup. A weak and divided transitional government has failed to quell violence in the north where competing rebel groups are fighting for control. The country has formally requested a UN mandate for an international military force of West African troops to help reconquer the north. But the gove...
Teresa Nogueira Pinto
Political chaos persists in Mali’s capital Bamako following a military coup in March 2012. Political parties have failed to reach a sustainable agreement despite international pressure, mainly from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). But in the rebel-controlled north of the divided country, two factions, one with strong links to Al Qaeda, canno...
Dr. Jaime Nogueira Pinto
The collapse of Libya’s dictatorship has led to the spread of terror and arms throughout West Africa. Muslim fighters and nomadic separatists, once controlled by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, now have free reign and the weapons to impose their will across Niger, Mali and Mauritania. The military coup in Mali was a direct result of soldiers wanting to fight the...