Posts Tagged: Mali

June 20, 2013
The United Nation’s Role in Africa

The United Nation’s Role in Africa

Shortly after Kieran Dwyer, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, gave a presentation about U.N. peacekeeping missions (watch video below), he said that the mission also receives “bad press” for some of its work in Africa. The phrase jumped out at me. Bad press is what happens when a Hollywood movie flops. In Africa,... Read more »

Jan. 13, 2013
France’s Mali Military Intervention: No End In Sight

France’s Mali Military Intervention: No End In Sight

The French took the plunge and began attacking Islamist militant groups in Mali this week after regional leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) hesitated for months. The instability in northern Mali dates back nearly a year and yet, until now, no agreement on a foreign intervention strategy could be reached. That stands... Read more »

November 14, 2012
Building Bridges:  An Ambassador Reflects on U.S.-Africa Relations

Building Bridges: An Ambassador Reflects on U.S.-Africa Relations

In the last blog entry, I wrote that Ambassador Michael E. Ranneberger was visiting the University of South Florida as part of an event sponsored by the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies. Amb. Ranneberger gave a lecture titled “U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities” through the center’s “Lecture Series on National Security.”... Read more »

November 6, 2012
U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa: A Lecture by Ambassador Ranneberger

U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa: A Lecture by Ambassador Ranneberger

Topic of Discussion: “U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities” In June, the Obama administration released an extensive document outlining its U.S. strategy toward Sub-Saharan Africa. In it, President Obama points out that the continent is: However, many argue that U.S.-Africa relations have not been prioritized. Cynics say that the U.S. only took notice of... Read more »

April 16, 2012
Mutiny Within a Blink of an Eye Or A Ticking Time Bomb?: Mali’s Coup

Mutiny Within a Blink of an Eye Or A Ticking Time Bomb?: Mali’s Coup

In the past two months, West Africa has witnessed an unprecedented security threat as several governments were caught in the grips of coups or attempted coups. As Guinea-Bissau soldiers arrest the nation’s Prime minister over a suspected coup, Mali’s new interim civilian president got sworn into office last Thursday, after a 27 days long coup that has puzzled... Read more »