Mali’s not out of the woods yet*

Mosque in Timbuktu (Emilio Labrador/Flickr)

Today’s inauguration of Diouncounda Traoré as Malian interim President formally brings to an end the country’s Constitutional crisis triggered by the coup d’état on March 22nd led by Captain Sanogo and which intalled in power a military junta. Exactly three weeks later, a semblance of normality is returning to Mali, but before when reading celebratory statements about Mali being “brought back from the brink” , two points should be remembered. Mali’s troubles are far from over. And the situation today is considerably worse than it was three weeks and a day ago.

Beginning with the most immediate set of political obstacles, Sigue leyendo

Enlaces sobre el Golpe de Estado en Malí (autobombo)

Los tristes sucesos de la semana pasa en la que los militares tomaron el poder en Malí, deponiendo al Presidente Amadou Toumani Touré (ATT) que planeaba abandonar el poder tras las elecciones del 29 de abril, han lanzado al país al centro de la actualidad mediática. Por esta razón – aunque no del todo, ya que algunos de estos estaban preparados de antemano – he aparecido en algunos medios hablando sobre esto y sobre la rebelión Tuareg que afecta al norte del país y que parece haber sido el detonante del golpe militar.

En El País, Marie Mertens escribe sobre la rebelión tuareg: Sigue leyendo

North Africa and the Sahel should be the EU’s #1 priority

This post originally appeared on The FRIDE Blog‘s IDEA of the Week section:

The European Foreign Affairs Council approved a “European Union Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel” almost a year ago, recognising the importance of the region for the EU. During recent months however, violence in Syria and the build-up of tension between Iran and Israel have moved the EU’s attention to this corner of the Middle East. The region’s geo-strategic importance justifies the EU’s attention, but not at the price of neglecting the North African “chapter” of the Arab spring. In fact, events such as last week’s controversial declaration of semi-autonomy for the Eastern Libyan province of Cyrenaica reminds us that this should be considered as the EU’s external action top priority. Sigue leyendo