Keyword : Mali


The Mali Blowback: More to Come?
1 February 2013

The French-led military offensive in its former colony of Mali has pushed back radical Islamists and allied militias from some of the country‚Äôs northern cities, freeing the local population from repressive Taliban-style totalitarian rule. The United States has backed the French military effort by transporting French troops and equipment and providing reconnaissance through its satellites […]


Mali’s Struggle: Not Simply of Their Own Making
9 May 2012

In examining the political crises which have gripped Mali in recent months, it is important not to fall into simplistic analyses of dysfunctional or “failed” African states. Indeed, the Malian people have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to mobilize civil society and build stable democratic governance despite a history of enormous poverty, ethnic divisions, and foreign intervention.


Mauritania’s coup is a setback for democracy
3 October 2008

The overthrow in August of what arguably constituted the most democratic government in the Arab world marks a serious setback in Africa as well as the Middle East.