This week the Monitor will focus on the 24 May 2021 military coup d’état in Mali, and its implications for Mali and the stability of the greater Sahel region. Natasja Rupesinghe and Yida Diall start us off with a reflection on what the coup means for the larger ongoing effort to prevent and counter the spread of violent extremism in Mali and the region.
The UN Security Council is scheduled to review and renew the mandate of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Arthur Boutellis writes about the key challenges facing the mission at this juncture as well as the implications of the coup for the ability of the UN peacekeeping mission to execute its mandate.
One of the drivers of the many different conflicts that are ongoing in Mali is the effect of climate change. Kheira Tarif and Anab Ovidie Grand return to the Monitor with a focus on the impact of climate change on Mali.
Fiifi Edu-Afful helps us to zoom out to the wider region by questioning the implications of the May 2021 coup in Mali for the broader Sahel region.