Mali and the Primacy of Civil Authority

The Huffington Post
May 28, 2013
By Christopher Holshek

The international donor’s conference on Mali co-chaired by France and the European Union earlier this month is another demonstration that “the United States has no choice but to embrace the sound underpinnings” of ‘leading from behind.'” (Like “containment” at its start or “restrainment” now, it’s better than it sounds.) Of the more than $4-billion pledged in Brussels by over 80 countries, the U.S anted up about $200-million, which will not come until after the election at the end of July.

As in the response to the crisis, Malians and other Africans, backed mostly by the Europeans and the United Nations, are leading Mali’s recovery. The African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA) of over 8,000 troops, mostly from ECOWAS countries under Nigerian command, will give way to the UN Multidimensional Integration Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) of 11,200 troops and 1,440 police in time for the elections. In the communiqué from the conference and the UN Security Council Resolution authorizing the mission, a major part of the “national and international efforts” there are the “reform of the security forces, including domestic forces, the judiciary and the whole criminal justice system.”

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