Negotiating in Mali: Why Failure is Not an Option (Part 3/3)

June 14, 2013

After the successful French intervention in Mali, a fragile balance still exists in the country. This article is the last of a three part series. Read part one here. The Greatest Challenges for the Government Repairing a tarnished image: Even under the spell of decades of corruption, and two...

Negotiating in Mali: Why Failure is Not an Option (Part 2/3)

June 09, 2013

After the successful French intervention in Mali, a fragile balance still exists in the country. This article is the second of a three part series. Read part one here. Fragile Coexistence of Anti-Malian Government Forces in Kidal Strong evidence from the ground suggests that currently,...

Negotiating in Mali: Why Failure is Not an Option (Part 1/3)

June 06, 2013

After the successful French intervention in Mali, a fragile balance still exists in the country. This article is the first of a three part series. Recently, it was announced that talks were about to resume between the Government  of National Unity of the Republic of Mali and the National...

Mali in the Rearview Mirror

March 04, 2013

The fear that Mali could turn into another Afghanistan is unwarranted. Just last month concern was mounting that stiff Islamist resistance in Mali, combined with the alleged presence of heavy or sophisticated equipment in the rebel arsenal, would lead to a protracted and difficult campaign. Even...

From Here to Timbuktu

August 09, 2012

Recent events in Mali illustrate how ideological radicals attempt to disassemble a cultural identity step by step, first through objects and then beliefs.  The first introduction that most Westerners had to the Taliban in 2001 was likely not on September 11 – far more likely it was via a...