Africa Lunch Meeting with Dr. Signe Marie Cold-Ravnkilde, Post-doctoral Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). The collapse of security in Northern Mali has called for a multitude of responses from the international community ranging from French and regional military interventions to broader UN stabilisation and development programs initiated by Western donor countries. What remains less explored is the ways in which international interventions have failed to contain jihadist violence, due to a range of political, economic and institutional constraints. At this talk, based on her long-term fieldwork in Mali, Dr. Cold-Ravnkilde will analyse how different international actors have created a “security traffic jam” in the Sahel and explain why they have, to a large extent, failed to contain jihadist violence in the Sahel region.
(Photo credit: UN Mission in Mali, Flickr)