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Country Report Mali

  • ID: 2138674
  • August 2014
  • Region: Mali
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The threat posed by extremist Islamist groups in Africa to US economic and strategic interests on the continent has led to a gradual shift away from sporadic US military engagement in Africa to closer US involvement. As the US also wakes up to Africa's economic potential, China, the continent's main trading partner, has also begun to make exceptions when it comes to its policy of non-intervention. Yet, with the US and China increasing their involvement in the continent, extremist groups will find new targets.

Over the past decade violent Africa-based Islamist groups such as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) active across the Sahel, Somalia's al-Shabab, and Boko Haram in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, and their affiliates have upped the tempo of their attacks, destabilising northern Mali, attacking the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria and mounting a four-day siege at the Westgate mall in Kenya, to mention only a few incidents. These came in addition to the continuing extremist Islamist presence in North Africa in countries such as Tunisia or Libya-the latter where the US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, was killed in 2012. The US, a country that has long failed to attach READ MORE >

Country Report Mali

US military expansion in Africa
The growing US focus on Africa
Diplomacy, defence and development
Piracy operations
Economic relations strengthen
Catching up with China
China non-intervention strategy softens

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