Tag Archives: Mali

“War” in West Africa?

Scanning the headlines, it would seem that war was all the rage this past week in West Africa. It began last Saturday in Paris, where the leaders of five West African countries—Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, and even tiny Benin—confidently agreed … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Nigeria’s state of emergency, Kidal battle looming, and Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia

Missed a week again as I was away in the greatest city in the world. But have no fear, a double helping of news roundup is here for all to see. West Africa Nigeria: In the most drastic measures taken … Continue reading

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Updated Mali map – as of May 13, 2013

It’s time to update the Mali map again… A sampling of notable occurrences in the past two months: -AQIM coordinated an attack on central Timbuktu in late March. Using a suicide bombing on the city’s outskirts as a ruse, fighters … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Iraq on edge, coup in Chad, and a town flattened in Nigeria

It’s a 2-for-1 deal! Having failed to deliver a news roundup last weekend, I’ll use this weekend’s roundup to cover two weeks-worth of news and analysis below. As usual, lots going on. Middle East & North Africa Turkey: The Kurdistan … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: What you missed while watching the “Boston manhunt”

It has certainly been a harrowing week, especially for current residents of the Boston area—including myself. As far as we know now, the Boston Marathon bombers were Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers born in Kyrgyzstan with family in … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Que Tirah Tirah, renewed fighting in Darfur, and a military shakeup in Yemen

South Asia Pakistan: In perhaps the largest military offensive since Swat in 2009 and South Waziristan in 2010, Pakistani armed forces are attempting to dislodge Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) and Laskhar-e-Islam fighters from the Tirah Valley (map here). (Hence the pun in … Continue reading

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Amateur Hour?: Reframing the Debate over US Security Assistance

On Sunday, the New York Times ran a timely “Room for Debate” discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of the current American system for training foreign militaries. You can read the six contributions to the debate here. While an important … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Bashir’s good mood in Sudan, Mozambique troubles, and Michel Djotodia learns his lesson

East Africa Sudan: We caught President Omar al-Bashir in an extremely generous mood this past month. In addition to agreeing to a rapprochement with South Sudan over oil and border demarcation and indicating that it would be willing to negotiate … Continue reading

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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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Weekly News Roundup: Central African quagmire, Burmese violence, and UN steps up its game in Congo

A little late again with the news roundup, but you can rest easy: a sampling of this past week’s hot topics (hot, that is, if you are a Central African Republic follower) below! Central Africa Central African Republic (CAR): This … Continue reading

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