Mali After the Elections: Next Steps and Priorities for Progress
Elias Fon, Regional Desk Coordinator for West Africa, Islamic Relief
Paul Melly, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Celeste Hicks, Freelance Journalist
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta's election as Mali’s president in August 2013 was heralded as a step towards stabilization for the country, following 2012's coup and the subsequent capture of half of Mali's territory by Islamists and Tuareg groups. However, the key issues that generated and sustained Mali's political fragility remain.
The speakers will assess Mali's decision makers' ability to resolve the political and humanitarian factors at the heart of its crisis, and will identify where the potential basis for community reconciliation, responsive politics and progress in development might lie.