An army soldier in Douentza in the Mopti region of central Mali in March 2013, before the government lost control.
With northern Mali mired in conflict, increasing instability in the centre of the country is worrying observers. The attitude of the Malian authorities holds the key to defusing these tensions.
Côte d'Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara addresses a rally ahead of the referendum on a new constitution. The placard reads “yes to new Ivory Coast”.
The proposed new constitution would allow Alassane Ouattara to remain as president. Opposition parties see this move as a constitutional “coup” that will also protect his allies.
A French soldier involved in Operation Barkhane to keep Al Qaeda at bay in the desert of northern Mali patrols a street in Timbuktu.
The US and France have bolstered military strength across vast areas of Africa in response to Islamist threat. But the interest is also driven by Western strategic calculations
Participants in the Finote Hiwot project to end child, early and forced marriage in Ethiopia.
Department for International Development/Jessica Lea
A number of African states are taking positive steps to combat violence against girls and child marriage. But social and cultural barriers can nullify national laws and strategies.
A burnt ancient manuscript at the Ahmed Baba Centre for Documentation and Research, in Timbuktu.
The ICC sentence against Al-Mahdi for destroying ancient artifacts at Timbuktu sends the right message that the international community will not tolerate the destruction of heritage sites.
Ivorians show their defiance.
Côte d’Ivoire's response to the Bassam attacks shows that it is not lacking in political and security resources, and that its citizens remain vigilant in the face of terrorist acts.
The Monday market in front of the Grand Mosque of Djenné, Mali.
The international conference for the economic recovery of Mali resulted in promises of substantial aid, but the areas targeted fail to address the country's real needs.
#BrusselsLockdown: a time for armed guards … and cat pictures.
As is distant wars, journalists in France are now kept away from areas where security forces intervene against terrorists. Should this be welcomed?
Military forces outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako where hostages were taken.
The hostage situation at a hotel in the Malian capital Bamako comes after months of sporadic violence.
Not protected by the Geneva Convention?
How a political theory became a deadly reality for aid groups.
France’s relationships with its former African colonies has become ambivalent.
French and African presidents have, in the past, entertained close relationships outside official channels. These often included illegitimate exchanges. But there are signs that this is changing.
The world was surprised when the usually peaceful country of Mali suffered a coup in 2012.
What are the early warning signs of threats to the stability of African democracies? The signs could be seen in Mali before it exploded in 2012. Ghana and others would do well learn from Mali.
A traditional clay minaret stands in the Malian city of Timbuktu. Structures such as these are being destroyed as a result of conflict.
Africa is losing rich heritage and historical structures through conflict.
Sissako’s eye is painterly, masterful.
This astounding film focuses on the contradictions that ensue when a human is caught in a place being used as an explosive, abstracted political football.
A French soldier on the ground in Mali.
The brutal attack on the staff of Charlie Hebdo has rightly led to powerful calls to protect freedom of expression, with large demonstrations of support in Paris and other French cities, complemented by…
French soldiers guard the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 near Goss in Mali.
The wreckage of AH 5017 lies scattered in the Sahel near the border between Mali and Burkina Faso. As the black boxes of the Air Algérie flight head for France and Paris mediates the aftermath, the crash…
Iraqi forces have retaken Tikrit but now face a united enemy.
After the death of Osama Bin Laden in May 2011, the global jihadist movement seemed to have become fragmented and considerably weakened. This happened for various reasons. First, the coincidence of the…
Is anyone really listening?
Earlier this month, Nigeria marked a most unwelcome anniversary; a year of special measures in the three northern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. Located in the north east corner of the country, snug…
Get with it: AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (left).
When the South African president, Jacob Zuma, returned from the African Union summit last weekend, his press statement said almost nothing that could not have been written before he left. The summit decided…
Martin E Dempsey warns the fallout of the Arab Spring will take a long time to clear.
At a meeting at the Wall Street Journal this week, Martin E Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted that the United States’ ability to exercise influence in the Middle East had significantly…