This is Part 4 to a round-up of interesting pieces that are related to the situation in Mali. Most aren’t directly related to France specifically but given the centrality of the Mali intervention in French foreign policy at the moment, it’s all relevant. Part 1 is available here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here.
The Atlantic Council has a good collection of resources (publications, posts, external resources, etc) here.
“When the Jihad Came to Mali” – first-hand account by Joshua Hammer in the New York Review of Books
“Understanding Mali’s ‘Tuareg Problem'” – blog post on Bridges from Bamako
On the Long-Term & Reconstruction
“The remaking of Mali” – article by Pietro Musili and Patrick Smith in the Africa Report (unfortunately, you can’t read the whole thing without a subscription)
“How to tackle Mali’s crisis in the long term” – analysis by IRIN News
“For Progress in Mali and the Sahel, Local Governance Cannot Be Ignored” – by Mireille Affa’a-Mindzie on the Global Observatory
On the Human Impact
“Mali conflict leaves dangerous legacy for children” – video on BBC News
“The returns challenge in Mali” – analysis by IRIN News (on the challenges with repatriating and reintegrating refugees from Mali)
On Military Intervention & Peacekeeping
“French Officials Warn ‘Success’ in Mali Won’t End Islamist Threat” – article by Bruce Crumley in Time Magazine
“Stablising northern Mali: different approaches to peace operations” – analysis by Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni for the Institute for Security Studies
“Mali’s Peacekeeping Mission: Full-Fledged Behemoth, or Have Lessons Been Learned?” – by Arthur Boutellis on the Global Observatory
Response from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to accusations by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights against the Malian army