Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into the function of ad-hoc organizations that are formed to address a specific crisis — and then often get dissolved when the crisis ends.
In the 21st century, many UN peacekeeping mandates have included so-called “green goals,” benchmarks meant to prevent conflict by reducing resource competition and environmental degradation.
Mali's former coup leader Assimi Goita took control of the country again Tuesday after firing the president and prime minister of the transitional government following their announcement of a cabinet reshuffle without his permission.
From the onset, the military junta has promised to pave the way to new elections. But some are concerned it might be trying to hold onto power in this transition.
The Malian soldiers who led a coup ousting President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on Tuesday have promised to hold new elections and a transition to civil political rule. And, the European Union stepped up pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday by announcing support for the ongoing protests in the country. Also, prosecutors in Germany are investigating a series of crashes on the Berlin autobahn as a possible terrorist attack.
Soldiers who ousted Mali's president and government in a military coup promised on Wednesday to oversee elections within a "reasonable" time, as calls from abroad grew for a peaceful resolution to an acute political crisis.
In recent years, Mali has experienced a combination of security challenges, including growing violence from armed militias and terrorist groups that has displaced more than a million people in the Sahel region, and killed thousands, including Malian and foreign troops.
Author and photographer Teju Cole speaks to host Marco Werman about Malian musical tradition.
Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara has a new video out for her latest single, “Bonya.” The lively track, from her recently released second solo album, asks listeners to show respect to others.
Cedric Watson is known for playing Cajun, Creole and zydeco music on his violin. He's from Lafayette, Louisiana. Watson appears on the new album by Malian guitarist Boubacar Traoré. And through that collaboration, Cedric Watson has been able to find where the music from Louisiana and Mali meet.
We feature a unique selection of music on The World. And we put together the highlights for you here.