Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Mali: The Disintegration of a "Model African Democracy" | Thurston | Stability: International Journal of Security and Development

Mali: The Disintegration of a "Model African Democracy" | Thurston | Stability: International Journal of Security and Development

Mali: The Disintegration of a “Model African Democracy”
Alex Thurston, Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University, USA
 
This commentary examines how Mali entered its current crisis, tracing the fall of the regime of President Amadou Toumani Touré and the rise of armed Islamist groups in northern Mali, as well as the events that led to an armed intervention by France. The piece then discusses some of the conceptual frameworks that could impede effective policy formation in post-conflict Mali. The piece argues that Somalia does not offer a compelling model for Mali. The commentary closes by recommending that the Malian government and its partners should prioritize addressing humanitarian and security concerns in northern Mali over staging elections.
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