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Tunisia is a sign of hope in a region beset by problems. It has managed to overcome the initial Islamist push democratically and succeeded in a smooth transition to the rule of law. On paper at least, this is a defeat for movements inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood, but it is still too early to say whether the Salafi movement and the Brotherhood have been relegate...
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...
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