Tag: Mali

What’s Going On in Mali?

What’s Going On in Mali?

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

Tuareg: Making Microphones Mightier Than Swords

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

Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa

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

Libya: Weapons Proliferation and Regional Stability in the Sahel

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?

What’s Next for Mali?

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?

Boko Haram: Threatening West Africa?

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

The Arab Spring and Africa’s Place in History

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...

Mali in the Rearview Mirror

Mali in the Rearview Mirror

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...

Mali in Focus, Part II: A War That Threatens the Entire Region

Mali in Focus, Part II: A War That Threatens the Entire Region

This article is the second of a three-part series featuring different perspectives on the recent developments in Mali. "...This conflict is legitimate and vital to the security of the French. We can not expect to maintain our lifestyles and our prosperity if we do not go outside our country...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

Fair Observer's five best articles for January. Apparently the world didn't come to an end. On the contrary, the new year is in full-swing. Barack Obama has been inaugurated for his second term in office, Israel and Jordan have held their parliamentary elections, David Cameron has spoken of a...

Mali in Focus, Part I: The Jihadist Offensive Revisited

Mali in Focus, Part I: The Jihadist Offensive Revisited

This article is the first of a three-part series featuring different perspectives on the recent developments in Mali Although the jihadists in northern Mali share the same radical Islamist substrate, we were expecting to see Iyad Ag Ghaly’s Ansar Eddine (AD) movement cloak itself in a more...

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