ABSTRACT

Conflict in Mali [September 19, 2018]   [open pdf - 408KB]

"Mali faces intertwined security and governance challenges. The government signed a peace accord with northern separatists in 2015, but key provisions remain unimplemented. Signatory armed groups continue to assert territorial control in much of the vast desert north. At the same time, an Islamist insurgency has spread from the north into previously stable central Mali, where jihadists have leveraged interethnic grievances and local resentment toward state actors. The capital, Bamako, has also been targeted in terrorist attacks. Rebel, terrorist, communal, and criminal networks are fluid and shifting, posing an obstacle to conflict resolution. Some Malians have proposed peace talks with jihadist groups, but the government and Western donors have rejected the idea."

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CRS In Focus, IF10116
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2018-09-19
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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