Fixing a Fractured State? Breaking the Cycles of Crime, Conflict and Corruption in Mali and the Sahel

A road sign in Niger. Photo: Albert Backer

Militants, terrorists, and clans have taken advantage of the weak governance in Mali and the Sahel to expand and entrench criminal networks. To properly respond to this trend the international community and Mali should institute a new conceptual framework. It will need a nuanced understanding of the actors involved and their basis in community legitimacy, and restore the relationship between the government and service provision that has been undermined by parochial interests.

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Security Topics: Combating Organized Crime