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Mali: Avoiding Escalation

Guichaoua, Yvan, Yabi, Gilles (2012) Mali: Avoiding Escalation. International Crisis Group, 52 pp. (KAR id:84801)


In a little more than two months, Mali’s political regime has been demolished. An armed rebellion launched on 17 January 2012 expelled the army from the north while a coup deposed President Amadou Toumani Touré (ATT) on 22 March. These two episodes ushered Mali into an unprecedented crisis that also threatens regional political stability and security. An external armed intervention would nevertheless involve considerable risks. The international community must support dialogue between the armed and unarmed actors in the north and south that favours a political solution to the crisis. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) must readjust its mediation efforts to avoid aggravating the already deep fault lines in Malian society. Strengthening the credibility of transitional institutions to restore the state and its security forces is an absolute priority. Finally, coordinated regional security measures must be taken to prevent once foreign groups from turning northern Mali into a new front in the “war on terror”.

Item Type: Research report (external)
Additional information: Africa Report N°189, Translation from French
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Yvan Guichaoua
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2020 18:12 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:27 UTC
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