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Mali, the G5 and Security Sector Assistance: Political Obstacles to Effective Cooperation

Author(s): Denis TULL Affiliate Organization: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik – German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)T While the security situation in Mali and its border areas continues to deteriorate, the new “Force Conjointe” (FC) of the G5 Sahel states completed its first military operation in mid-November. Its aim is to make a regional contribution to the fight against terrorism and organized crime. A summit was held in Paris on 13 December to mobilise further financial and equipment support for FC. Germany and the EU are strongly committed to this project alongside France. However, efforts to enhance regional armed forces are fraught with problems. International partners prefer a capacity-building approach geared to short-term success over security sector reform and lack a coordinated strategy. The Malian government, on the other hand, preserves the status quo and is not prepared to accept its political responsibility. The Mali crisis began in 2012 with a separatist rebellion in the north, followed by a military coup in the capital Bamako and the occupation of northern Mali by jihadist groups. Its repercussions have since reached neighbouring countries. The resulting strong military focus of local and international actors will be reinforced by the creation of the FC of […]

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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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