What Good Can be Mali to Russia?
We ought to abandon the belief that politics and economics have eternal leaders: what position did China have mere 30 years ago? And where is it right now? What is happening before our eyes with once-powerful Europe? Where is the guarantee that in 30 years very different forces will not appear in the world, the […]
The Events in Mali. Part 2
Tuareg leaders could certainly have come up with the idea of forming their own state in Mali and parts of adjacent countries all by themselves. That is, they could have done it without being under the influence of al-Qaeda or anyone who might be behind it. It is possible that the ideas of the Tuaregs […]
The Events in Mali. Part 1
The media understand current events in Mali in the following terms. First of all, the political situation in Africa is extremely complicated, state systems are weak, and the borders between countries were arbitrarily determined by the former colonial powers. They did not emerge from a natural historical process and do not reflect the true ethnic […]
Mali: Islamists, Tuaregs and French interests
Carte blanche The UN Security Council supported the military operation France carried out in Mali on January 14 and gave Paris quite a helping hand in restoring that country’s “constitutional order and territorial integrity.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also stood behind Paris, noting that “bilateral partners are responding, at the request and with the consent […]