The overthrow of the then President Amadou Toumani Touré in March 2012 took many Mali observers by surprise, occurring less than a month before presidential elections were scheduled to take place. While the putsch leaders claimed to have been motivated by a lack of political support for the fight against the Touareg rebellion in Mali’s north, since the coup Touareg rebels and Islamists have seized half of Mali’s territory.
Professor Poulton has over twenty years of experience working in Mali, and in February 2012 he participated in a United Nations peace mission in the country. He will discuss his visit and present his thoughts on possible scenarios for a country which was until recently considered a stable and tolerant democracy.
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