Tag Archives: Mali

Happy Easter and a look at the year so far

The blog will be taking a short break over Easter, so to keep you going here’s 5 popular blog posts from the year so far. 1. The invasion of Iraq did many things, putting young people off politics wasn’t one of them. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War and […]

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The MoD’s planning for Mali must include learning lessons from the past

As the UK assistance to the French-led operation in Mali has already grown from logistical support to sending troops, the MoD will no doubt be planning for any additional scenarios and possible forms of operations within the country. However, in planning for the future the MoD needs to ensure that it takes greater account of […]

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Sandcastles and dustclouds in Mali in the aftermath of France’s intervention

In his novel Desert the noble prize winning French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio describes the two waves of destruction to which nomad cultures in the Sahel have been subjected in the past 100 years: French colonialism on the one hand, and modern labour migration to metropole and the alienation that goes with it, on […]

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France in Mali… le bordel, quoi!

Like every socialist French government of the post-Cold War era, President François Hollande had pledged to set an end to French interference in African affairs, to end “la Françafrique”. As has happened with every socialist French government, it took merely a couple of months to set an end not to Françafrique but to pledges of […]

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