Bridges from Bamako

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Bridges from Bamako
Bruce Whitehouse is an anthropologist and lived in Bamako, Mali from August 2011 through June 2012. He has since repatriated to the USA
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  • A lesson in sociability 2 months ago While 2018 has been an eventful year for Mali–mostly for the wrong reasons–it’s also seen my least frequent blogging since I began in 2011. Instead of tracking the political and security situation on the ground as it goes from bad … Continue reading →
  • Three predictions about Mali's 2018 presidential election 8 months ago News from Mali just keeps getting worse. More than five years after French soldiers ousted jihadi fighters from northern Mali and nominally restored central government sovereignty there, the country has grown even more unsafe and fractious. The peace accord signed … Continue reading →
  • Corruption and the presidential plane 1 year ago This post was written by Amadou O. Wane and A. Karim Sylla of the MaliLink Investigative Reporting Group. A longer version was published in French by [email protected] on 11 August. Mali’s presidential plane has undoubtedly been the subject of controversy. … Continue reading →
  • Mali's proposed constitutional reform: mal-intentioned, or merely inept? 1 year ago This post was written by A. Karim Sylla of the MaliLink Investigative Reporting Group. 17 June saw what may have been the largest protest march ever held in Bamako. Many tens of thousands of people–organizers claimed it was in the … Continue reading →
  • How did Mali get here? (Part 5: Institutional explanations) 1 year ago In this final installment of the series we consider the role of Mali’s political institutions in generating the wave of instability and political violence that has engulfed the country since 2012. Institutionalist analysis ascribes a country’s success–or lack thereof–to the … Continue...

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