Women and War: G8 makes rape a crime – wasn’t it already?

The G8 declares rape a war crime and vows to punish all perpetrators – will they start with themselves? At a recent summit in which representatives met to discuss various ongoing and possible conflicts,  the G8 announced that it has officially declared rape a crime against humanity and a breach of the Geneva Convention.  The[…]

Calling for talks, not more air strikes in Mali

Who’s fighting whom? And for What? The ongoing conflict in Mali continues to play out in the periphery of the international news and political machines. News of the death of an Al Qaeda in the Maghrib (AQIM) leader is seized upon in headlines and provides fodder for the never satiated “we-got-another-Islamist!” Western political machine. But[…]

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Moammar Gaddhafi, Giantslayer

The Libyan Intervention in Retrospect It would not be surprising if there are many in the Obama Administration who occasionally think, “I miss Moammar Gaddhafi.” And if no one there is thinking that, they should. And not just because of the camping trips he would take in New York City, his amazing sense of style, his[…]

New Hosts of Drone Bowl III?

Reaping Ungovernability in North Africa In the previous edition of the bulletin SISMEC pondered Western involvement in trying to deny al-Qaeda a safe haven in North Africa, wondering if we might see another invasion. It seems that we were provided an answer this week as Niger gave approval for the establishment of a US drone[…]

Western “heroics” and one-eyed villains…the drama continues

Money & Ideology: the one or the other? The UN Security Council voted in December to support a 3,300-strong African Union (AU) force to be deployed to Mali in January of 2013; the AU force was mandated by the UN to assist in the restabilization of the country following the March 2012 coup. In the[…]

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Alphabet Soup in the Race to Intervention

This publication has previously discussed the situation in Mali on multiple occasions. It is now seven months after the coup that set off the northern Tuareg take-over, which laid the groundwork for the subsequent al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) – and several groups that support AQIM – takeover of the land to which the Tuareg[…]

Food & Education Insecurity under the Specter of Intervention

What about the children? In a meeting held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced to world leaders that the situation in Mali continues to deteriorate. During his speech Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that more than 260,000 Malians have fled northern Mali. This displacement of a significant[…]

Another Question of Intervention – or Not?

Mali: ECOWAS says ‘Bamako’, UN says ‘Tomato’ Intrigue and turmoil continue in Mali, with various regional and international bodies unable to reach a consensus on the most appropriate steps forward for the beleaguered country. However, the ongoing fiery debates of these organizations are at least contained to council chambers around the globe. The same cannot[…]