Regions / Mali
Is the conflict in South Sudan the opening salvo in the battle for a continent?
Beset by infighting among militias and rampant arms trafficking, Libya in 2014 is a cautionary tale about the long-term consequences of military intervention.
A French re-militarization of Africa, under the well-worn pretext of humanitarian intervention, is in the making.
Al-Qaeda's power has waned in Mali, but unresolved ethnic conflicts still threaten the country after 16 months of civil war, a military coup, and French military intervention.
The Algerian hostage crisis was not only both a human and political fiasco, but its regional implications are still evolving.
Western intervention--ostensibly on humanitarian grounds--is largely responsible for the Malian crisis in the first place.
As in: come home to roost.
One longs for the heyday of ancient Timbuktu, when African scholars pored studiously over learned manuscripts in quiet libraries.
A coherent, well-orchestrated plan for disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of rebel forces and extremists must accompany any intervention in Mali.
The bad dream unfolding in Mali is the consequence of the West's scramble for resources in Africa, and the wages of sin from the recent Libyan war.