Tag Archive for Mali

Africa Notes: ECOWAS acts in aftermath of coups






Regional cooperation in West Africa is such a unique thing. Where else do you see cooperation on economic matters appear to be so much more difficult that you switch to cooperating on security? Wasn’t the EU built on precisely the opposite logic? BBC News – Ecowas to send troops after Mali, Guinea-Bissau coups. Anyway, BBC…

Africa Notes: Mali Update






Update: Just saw this link to a nice timeline of the conflict in northern Mali since 1891 on IRIN. (h/t Sahel Blog). Things still look rather grim in Mali, though the situation is in constant flux. It might be useful to look at the situation from different vantage points: The people of Mali It is…

Noted: More reactions on the Mali Coup






First, an interesting point that is often not stressed enough in the news reports on the coup: President Toure wasn’t even running in the April presidential elections. He already planned to step down. So why be impatient? Indeed, Gregory Mann seems appropriately skeptical of the coup leaders’ lofty goals for fighting corruption and promoting democracy…

Africa Notes: The Mali Coup






The recent coup in Mali is an important setback for Sahelian democracy. And the situation there is still fluid, as reports of a counter-coup (which may just be a rumor)surfaced today. Here are some of the themes that are emerging: Coup Causes 1. The North Africa Spring. As I hinted last week, we can trace…

Africa Notes: Coup in Mali






The borders have been closed, reports Reuters. President Toure is now seeking refuge. There is now a transition council in place. We may be able to trace these events ultimately to the “North Africa Spring” of last year, which led to political instability in Mali’s border areas and placed the government under increasing pressures. But…