What Went Wrong in Mali?

By London Review of Books
Updated: 01/28/2013

Touareg Independence FightersBy Bruce Whitehouse. London Review of Books, August 2012.

Mali’s reputation as a relatively stable democracy was upended by a military coup launched by junior officers in March 2012, raising questions about the strength of Mali’s democratic system. In actuality, the previous regime had centralized authority and harassed some journalists while a culture of corruption and institutional sclerosis had flourished in the military, judiciary, and other key sectors. A vibrant press and popular expectations for legitimate and representative governance persist, but institutional fragmentation will complicate the revival of democratic governance.

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