CONFLICT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE SAHEL: THE TUAREG INSURGENCY IN MALI

CONFLICT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE SAHEL: THE TUAREG INSURGENCY IN MALI

by Dan Henk
     
 

Since 1990, the United States and other developed nations
have committed substantial diplomatic, economic, and military
resources to resolve extreme intra-state conflicts. The world has
found that the hatreds behind the conflicts often are very
difficult to suppress—and even harder to dissipate. It also has
discovered that military… See more details below

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Since 1990, the United States and other developed nations
have committed substantial diplomatic, economic, and military
resources to resolve extreme intra-state conflicts. The world has
found that the hatreds behind the conflicts often are very
difficult to suppress—and even harder to dissipate. It also has
discovered that military interventions alone rarely attenuate
the underlying problems that provoked the violence. One result
has been a growing worldwide literature on mechanisms to
anticipate intra-state conflict and on measures which may
preclude the necessity for expensive military interventions.
But models and formulae are problematic in the analysis of
conflict. Human culture is so complex that it is difficult to
identify—let alone “control for”—all of the variables. History
rarely “reproduces the experiment.” The analyst often is left
with the sad role of explaining why problems of conflict were not
foreseen, despite the best of resources and intentions. And
military force continues to play a key role in intra-state conflict
resolution, though often with less than satisfactory results.
When a society faced with a situation of severe internal
conflict finds an internal solution which does not require outside
intervention, that is of keen interest. If the society can do it in a
way that preserves ongoing processes of political and economic
reform, that is remarkable. If the society employs its military
establishment as a key instrument in its processes of national
reconciliation, that achievement is worthy of serious study.
In this paper, Lieutenant Colonel Kalifa Keita describes how
his country—the Republic of Mali—did all of these. I can only
echo his words, “truly, this is a story for our times.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148581741
Publisher:
ReadCycle
Publication date:
09/26/2013
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Format:
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