Mali continues to emerge from its 2011-2013 political, humanitarian, and security crisis. A separatist rebellion was launched in 2011; a drought the same year caused a regional food security emergency; a military coup overthrew the elected government in March 2012; and by mid-2012 an Islamist insurgency took control of the northern two-thirds of the country. The crisis stemmed from varied factors, including cyclical rebellions by members of the seminomadic Tuareg ethnic group in the north due to perceived exclusion and persecution by the state; military dysfunction and divisions; discontent with corruption; the corrosive impact of transnational drug trafficking; growing Islamist radicalization among some population segments; and a surge in arms and combatant flows from Libya.
Date of Report: June 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 2
Order Number: IF00031
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