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The link between foreign military training and local insurgencies has yet to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The scene in Mali’s capital on Aug. 18, 2020, after Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his prime minister were overthrown by the military.
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A coup may be a quick fix for a problem leader, but history shows that coups beget more coups.
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned.
Mali’s precarious political situation has been the subject of ECOWAS resolution attempts for months
Malian Air Force deputy chief of staff Ismael Wague (centre) speaks during a press conference on August 19, 2020.
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The transition to a civilian government won’t be smooth.
French soldiers patrol in armoured personnel carriers during the Barkhane operation in northern Burkina Faso in 2019.
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More than 20 years after the shift from unilateralism to multilateralism, it is reasonable to wonder how multilateral France’s ‘new interventionism’ really is.
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His single Yeke Yeke was the first African song to pass a million in sales, but it’s meaning was best understood in Guinea, home of the griot and kora star.
Peacekeepers patrol the premises of a UN civilian protection site in Juba
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United Nations peacekeeping operations need to be refashioned to meet the needs of an ever evolving world.
A French soldier during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Operation Barkhane in Mali in 2017.
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It’s been 60 years since most of France’s former colonies in Africa gained independence. But France still maintains a significant military presence on the continent.
In places where children die with tragic frequency, the collective grief of parents affects all society.
In many sub-Saharan African countries, 20% of mothers have suffered the death of a child, a new study finds. In Mali, Liberia and Malawi, it’s common for mothers to lose two children.
Riot police officers in front of demonstrators during a march in Ouagadougou in September 2019 called by the UAS union to call for better security measures against terrorism.
Burkina Faso faces a new terrorist threat. Terrorist groups are now flourishing within its borders.
The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
Unless member states try to solve the contradictions in expectations, UN peacekeeping will not be fit for purpose in the future.
Presidents Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (Mali), Mahamadou Issoufou (Niger), Roch Marc Christian Kabore (Burkina Faso) and Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (Mauritanie).
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Local communities only see “crime” and “banditry” when it comes to religious-based Jihadism.
Millions of people have been displaced from countries like Mali. Can a free trade zone create more security?
Given that some states are being asked to increase their presence in border and remote areas, free trade and free movement of goods and people could become a real cause for concern.
Studies on mortality in sub-Saharan Africa haven’t focused on the effects of climate change.
African countries need to take into account the effects environmental changes, like climate change, have on their ability to deal with food security, poverty reduction and lowering mortality rates.
Maps that divide the world into ‘no-go’ and ‘safe’ zones has created a new politics of danger.
Successful popular protests like this one in Algeria are the exception not the rule.
Government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security is increasing.
Mosquito nets are often used where malaria is common.
The experience from African experts is vital in the search for new and better ways to control malaria.
The average woman in Niger has over seven children – nearly triple the average across developing countries.
Research shows that unrest, even terrorism, can erupt in poor countries with a surplus of young people and not enough jobs. Can Niger, a once-peaceful sub-Saharan African nation, handle its baby boom?
Liberia’s President George Weah has ruffled feathers by proposing changes to citizenship laws.
Liberian President George Weah believes the current citizenship regulations in the country are unnecessarily “racist” and restrictive.
When the wheels of partnership turn smoothly, Africa can benefit enormously.
It’s all too common for local scholars to be sidelined in what are supposed to be genuine research partnerships.