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March Madness at Notes on the Periphery!: Part 2 (Sub-Saharan Africa)

We’re now two weeks into the most exciting three weeks of the year—NCAA college basketball’s final tournament. For those of you who might not know: each year, 68 college teams (annoyingly bumped up from 65 a few years ago) compete … Continue reading

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Al Qaeda’s Gamble in Mali

A few years from now, when the first full-length book on Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is written (any takers?), how will it characterize the group’s recent adventure in Mali? My bet: Mali will be described as a … Continue reading

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Updated Mali map – as of March 23, 2013

Time to update the Mali map again! (Any excuse to combine geography with int’l affairs…) Some significant events in the past two weeks: -Islamists struck Timbuktu for the first time since they fled the city in late January. One Malian … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Rumblings in Central Africa, progress on the two Sudans, and Al Qaeda’s pitiful online game

Busy week in several areas of interest for Notes on the Periphery! A lot of interesting stuff to get plugged into… West Africa Mali: Le Monde has a very eloquent description of the Islamist fighters’ “citadel of rocks”—the rugged Adrar de … Continue reading

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Mali: Visualizing the Adrar des Ifoghas

In case you’re already bored with coverage of the new pope (a Jesuit!)… As a follow-up to my post last week about the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains in northeastern Mali (see here), I thought I’d share some interesting pictures and … Continue reading

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Mali’s mountains: an “impenetrable safe haven” for jihadists?

For much of the past three weeks, French and Chadian ground forces have ventured slowly but surely into the heart of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains (a.k.a. Adrar des Iforas/Tigharghar mountains) of northeastern Mali, seeking to neutralize Islamist militants and … Continue reading

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Mali update: France begins a ground adventure in the mountains

As a follow-up to my post yesterday, news reports today that French Special Forces clashed with militants deep in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains seem to demonstrate further that France is taking its vow to eliminate terrorist threats in Mali … Continue reading

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