By MENAS Associates, May 2012
Mauritania has seen a surge in public demonstrations about unemployment, poor infrastructure, women’s rights, food insecurity, slavery, and a national registration program deemed discriminatory. The underlying message of many of the protests is a desire to end military rule. Meanwhile, having undertaken comparatively tough cross-border counterterrorism operations, Mauritania faces further terrorist threats as groups have strengthened from territorial gains in northern Mali. Further military actions and terror attacks, however, may only create more dissent among the populace, leaving the current regime precarious.
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