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Guinea’s former president, Alpha Conde, was released from house arrest last week. Conde was removed from office by the army in September 2021, and he was temporarily replaced by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya. In January, Doumbouya announced the establishment of an 81-member National Council of Transition (CNT) to serve as the country’s parliament and legislate during [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HWR) released a report Tuesday revealing that Malian armed forces and associated foreign soldiers allegedly executed an estimated 300 civilian men in late March 2022. The civilians were allegedly executed in the central Malian town of Moura. These alleged killings are the latest in the ongoing Malian civil war, which began in [...]

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I. Introduction The world’s attention is focused on Ukraine and the vicious war ravaging the country, forcing millions of people to flee. But is this Russian invasion different than other invasions by a major world power in terms of violations of international law? It is and it is not. On the one hand, the Russian [...]

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The EU sanctioned five Malian Transition Government members Friday accused of obstructing and undermining political transition in the country after they broke an agreement to hold presidential elections in February, postponing it to December 2025. The revised schedule extended the transition period to five-and-a-half years. The sanctions impose three crucial restrictive measures on each of [...]

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The African Union (AU) Monday suspended Burkina Faso in response to the January 24 military coup ousting President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. The Peace and Security Council, the AU’s standing decision-making organ for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts, announced its decision “to suspend the participation of Burkina Faso in all AU activities until [...]

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Sunday announced economic sanctions on Mali, due to an “unacceptable” delay in holding elections. The delay is in response to the 2020 military coup, which delayed the February elections in Mali, one of four the country has experienced in 18 months. Interim authorities in Mali proposed to [...]

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The UN Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned Saturday an attack against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which left one Egyptian peacekeeper dead and four others seriously injured.  The convoy had been traveling near Tessalit in the Kidal region when it hit an improvised explosive device. El-Ghassim Wane, head [...]

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in extraordinary session on Thursday to consider the situation in the West African nations of Guinea and Mali, imposing sanctions on individuals from both countries. Both nations have experienced coups—Mali in May and Guinea earlier this month. The heads of state and other ministers who were [...]

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