Dumping One Government Won’t Fix Mali
March’s deadly massacre exposed the lack of progress since the country’s peace accords—and the many political and security reforms that are needed.
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Radical Islamists Have Opened a New Front in Mali
Local grievances are behind the recent violence in the country. Jihadis are hoping to exploit them to build a caliphate.
Terrorism Threatens a Former Oasis of Stability in West Africa
Burkina Faso managed to avoid the violence that plagued its neighbors, but a combination of poverty, unstable neighbors, and weak security forces has opened the door for extremists.
Peace Is the Best Investment
U.N. member states must renew their commitment to the vital peacekeeping operations that end wars, protect civilians, and save lives.
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018
From North Korea to Venezuela, here are the conflicts to watch in 2018.
What’s Going on With the Alleged Murder of a Special Forces Soldier by Two SEALS?
Is it that secret units that live on the edge always have such trouble on occasion?
The Paradox of Prosperity
Europe is spending billions of dollars to jump-start Africa’s poorest economies. But that may just accelerate the exodus.
Mali’s Migrant Crackdown
Europe has been helping fight the country’s jihadis for years. Now it’s turning its sights on human smugglers.
Europe is expelling thousands of Africans. To one Malian deportee, that looks like a recipe for revolution.
To Save Peacekeeping From Trump’s Budget Ax, Will the U.N. Embrace Fighting Terrorism?
The U.N. mission in Mali is Turtle Bay’s most controversial. But will its counterterrorism remit be just what saves it from the chopping block?
China Eyes Ending Western Grip on Top U.N. Jobs With Greater Control Over Blue Helmets
As China steps up its commitment to U.N. peacekeeping, Beijing is said to be eyeing a leadership role — with potentially troubling human rights implications.
ICC to War Criminals: Destroying Shrines Is Worse Than Rape
The international tribunal is about to convict a Malian jihadi for destruction of cultural heritage. It’s staying silent about his alleged responsibility for horrific sexual violence.
The Exchange: Are Journalists Checking their Privilege When Covering Refugees?
Tobias Zielony and Anna Badkhen on the displaced, the Global South, and what Africans misunderstand about their peers who’ve made it to Germany.
Making a War Zone Camera-Ready
2015 Global Thinkers Matthew Heineman and Johanna Schwartz discuss the challenges of making a film—and earning a subject’s trust—amidst guns, violence, and suspicion.
The Drone War Goes Awry in Africa
Al Qaeda's attack on Burkina Faso proves that "decapitating" a terror group doesn't always change it for the better.
Don’t Call It a Jihadist Insurgency — Yet
The U.N. mission in Mali is mistaking aggrieved cattle-herders and bandits on motorbikes for an Islamist menace. Here’s why it matters that they get it right.
Hostages Freed in Malian Hotel Siege, at Least 27 Dead
NAIROBI — Gunmen driving car with diplomatic plates storm luxury hotel in Bamako and take 170 hostage.
‘Our Guitars Are Our Kalashnikovs’: The Musicians Who Helped Save Mali
A new documentary follows a group of musicians who continue to sing and play their instruments in Mali after jihadis implemented sharia law and banned music.