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The Islamist and Tuareg forces which disrupted Mali have been driven into neighbouring countries, but their networks have not been wiped out. With elections only weeks away – in theory - there are still major questions to be answered, such as what is the basis of keeping the peace and who will enforce it? And could tribal leaders be the key to reconciling Mali’s no...
French President Francois Hollande moved swiftly to place troops in Mali to stop northern jihadist terrorists threatening the capital and controlling the country. His action ran counter to his earlier claims that France would not intervene. But France may have strong geopolitical reasons for the intervention, but the war is risky.
Dr. Emmanuel Martin
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...
Professor 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...