What We're Reading
August 2017 | Mali

For the month of August, the RESOLVE Network team’s “What We’re Reading” post features research focused on concepts related to governance, ideas, individuals, and violence in the country of Mali.  The publications listed below explore the aftermath of the French intervention, investigate the role of faith, and examine the motivations and actions of different competing population groups in the North Africa Sahelian state. Click the links below to view the documents.

Mali: Terrorism and Impunity Jeopardize the Fragile Peace Agreement
Almost two years after its signature, the Peace agreement of 20 June 2015 is today jeopardized by the strategy of armed jihadist groups, which is extending the conflict from North Mali to...
Ungoverned Spaces and Regional Insecurity: The Case of Mali
Across the Sahel and Sahara regions of West Africa, large swaths of territory are essentially ungoverned. Criminal organizations, militant Islamist groups, and ethnic separatist movements...
Mali’s Next Battle Improving Counterterrorism Capabilities
This report examines Mali’s counterterrorism requirements in light of the evolving political context in the country and the efforts of Mali’s international partners—France, the Unit...
French Intervention in Mali: Strategic Alliances, Long-Term Regional Presence?
The March 2012 coup in Mali opened the door to expanded territorial occupation in northern Mali by Tuareg separatists and subsequently armed Islamist extremists. French forces intervened ...
The Politics of Islam in Mali: Separating Myth from Reality
The 2012 crisis, during which self-proclaimed jihadi armed groups took centre stage, intensified the debate on the role of Islam in Malian society and politics. Although religious leaders...
Mali's Young 'Jihadists': Fuelled by Faith or Circumstance?
Unemployed, idle and fanatical – this is how young people in the ranks of the armed jihadist groups in Mali are portrayed. However, there is little empirical data to support this charac...
Towards an ‘Islamic Republic of Mali?'
Mass movements and mass media are two powerful channels through which Muslim activists shape values, influence politics, and contest the meaning of Islam. The "Law Concerning the Separati...
Mali’s Long Road Ahead
While the presence of jihadist groups in Mali continues to be the raison d’être of the international intervention, more is needed than either a purely counterterrorist or a purely deve...
Mali: From Sanctuary to Islamic State
Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) was set up in northern Mali years before the Tuareg rebellion of 2012. A safe haven for its members, this sanctuary allowed the group to raise fund...
Al Qaeda in Mali: The Defection Connections
The control of northern Mali in 2012 by Tuareg rebels and Islamist fighters aligned with al Qaeda proved a serious challenge to Western counterterrorism policies. This article looks at se...
Mali's Nomads: Bulwarks Against Jihad
“We are the only ones who didn’t leave.” Sandy Ag Mostapha is standing beside his cattle, a black turban binding his head and a loose shirt draped over dusty trousers. We are in Tay...
Central Mali: An Uprising in the Making?
While attention has focused on northern Mali, armed violence is escalating at an alarming rate in the centre of the country, long neglected by the state. The management of natural resourc...
Nomads, Islamists, and Soldiers: The Struggles for Northern Mali
Mali has been faced with a series of uprisings by its Tuareg over a number of years. Although each of these rebellions was ended by a cease-fire, the Malian government never succeeded in ...
The Myth of Global Islamic Terrorism and Local Conflict in Mali and the Sahel
In the wake of the rapid escalation of the conflict in Mali, analyses and articles seeking to make sense of the situation and its actors have proliferated.1 Nevertheless, political figure...