Crisis in Mali: Ambivalent Popular Attitudes on the Way Forward

2013 Stability : International Journal of Security and Development  
Mali faces a political crisis of multiple dimensions. A poorly planned military coup and the collapse of a corrupt and incompetent civilian regime have together seriously set back the country's progress towards democracy. Moreover, an armed conflict with ethnic separatists and religious extremists in the north has grievously undermined the integrity of the state. These twin political trends -the emergence of an authoritarian regime and the disintegration of state institutions -are deeply
more » ... -are deeply interconnected. As noted by a recent contributor to this journal, 'the political chaos in Bamako and the military challenge in the north are undeniably related: confusion about who has legal authority and political power to rule the country hinders efforts to organize a credible effort to reintegrate the north' (Thurston 2012: 4).
doi:10.5334/ fatcat:mi42dtyrrjgqjjzp3g53efnyaa