Evidence to Parliament

Project: Africa Programme

Jon Marks

This is written evidence submitted to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons, in May 2013.


  • This evidence seeks to put the Malian intervention into a regional focus, discussing the role of key stakeholders in the region, with emphasis on Algeria
  • The Tiguentourine gas plant attack, and the prime minister’s robust response, has potentially launched a new relationship between Britain and Algeria, and other players in the region, for which clear policy terms should be articulated
  • The collapse of the Malian state, problems of communication with Algeria and shifting trends in regional instability pose a range of questions with ramifications for British development policy, intelligence-gathering and regional diplomacy.