What’s Going On in Mali?

November 21, 2015

The hostage situation at a hotel in the Malian capital comes after months of sporadic violence. After a week in which Europe was rocked by terrorism on the streets of Paris, gunmen entered the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali, on November 20. A hostage situation unfolded and...

Tuareg: Making Microphones Mightier Than Swords

December 22, 2013

Tuareg musicians around the world are engaging in a lyrical battle. "Is the revolution like those trees / whose branches will grow if we water them? / I have lived with this obsession for 10 years / I have come among brothers / My friends, what do you think? These men have been living with...

Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa

September 11, 2013

Organized crime in West Africa is more than a problem of terrorism and law enforcement. The crisis in Mali has sharpened European awareness of the dangers posed by transnational organized crime in West Africa. The UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) set up in July 2013, will find itself...

Libya: Weapons Proliferation and Regional Stability in the Sahel

August 30, 2013

Libyan weapons have further militarized movements in Africa. The 2011 fall of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi and the subsequent breakdown in order in Libya, has been a major contributor to the instability plaguing large swaths of the Sahel region and Northwest Africa. In particular, the flow of...

What’s Next for Mali?

July 28, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to Dr. Christos Kyrou, an expert on peace and conflict resolution, on what to expect next in Mali.   Nicholas A. Heras: After the recent peace agreement that was signed between the Malian government and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA),...

Boko Haram: Threatening West Africa?

July 05, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to Jacob Zenn about Nigeria's Boko Haram and its possible influence on West Africa. Nicholas A. Heras: To what degree does Boko Haram represent a threat to international security? Is it accurate to say that Boko Haram is primarily a Nigeria-based militant movement...

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...

The Arab Spring and Africa’s Place in History

May 24, 2013

Dr. Jonathan Hill looks at the coining of phrases surrounding "Spring Revolutions" and how Africa follows its own path. "At this point we leave Africa, not to mention it again. For it has no historical part in the world; …Historical movements in it – that is in its...

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