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Mali’s Climate Security Trap – How Drought and Heavy Rains Impact Violence and Migration

Mali has been experiencing a series of recurring climate impacts that have severely impacted the country’s agricultural sector – no less than the blood vein of Mali’s economy and the livelihood of its mostly rural population. Scarcer resources have spiked a series of violent conflicts and strengthened armed rebel groups, leading to mass displacements and regional instability. In this video, experts look into how climate change influences Mali’s down spiralling security situation and suggest an approach directed towards conflict prevention and natural resource management. Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baTV65soXnY Read more on Climate Diplomacy

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A Shadow Rebellion in Chad

In early February, France revealed it had bombed Chadian rebels who had crossed from Libya to prevent a coup against president Idriss Deby. But as Ben Taub writes in The New Yorker, the situation underscores how Western states prioritize short-term solutions to the complex issues facing fragile African states. In the summer of 2017, a Chadian spy called me from a military base in the capital, N’Djamena, to inform me of a rebellion brewing to the north. The rebellion itself was hardly news—there have been scores of failed coups in Chad since it gained independence from France, in 1960—but the spy surmised that this revolt might come to pose a real threat to the regime. It was lead by Timane Erdimi, a disenchanted nephew of the President, Idriss Déby, who had seized power in 1990 in the same fashion as each of his predecessors: by capturing the Presidential palace in a rebellion of his own. For weeks, Erdimi’s rebels had been amassing weapons and personnel in the lawless desert of southern Libya. “Some soldiers are loyal to the President, some soldiers are not—no one knows how this will develop,” the spy told me. “They’re far from N’Djamena, but who knows how long […]

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