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...

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),...

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...

Political Crisis in Mali

August 09, 2012

Since January 2012 Mali has been embroiled in political conflict, which has resulted in a humanitarian crisis in the region and poses a threat to international security. Background The West African country of Mali was for a long time considered one of the most stable states in the continent. This...