Africa and Middle East Senior AssociateResearch Division:
Megatrends Afrika Project Director
2017-2020 Research Fellow, Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM), Paris
2011-2015 Head of the research project »Local Arenas of Power Sharing«, sponsored by the DFG
2001-2003 Research Fellow at the Institute for African Affairs, Hamburg
The Shape of Things to Come
Why Discussions about Sahel Policy Are Going around in Circles
Time to Adjust Minusma’s Mandate
Political Obstacles to Effective Cooperation
Mali currently hosts the German Bundeswehr’s largest foreign deployment. Some 1,400 soldiers are involved in the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) and the European Training Mission (EUTM Mali). Many other member states of the European Union (EU) as well as the United Kingdom (UK) are also heavily involved in Mali militarily, but also politically and in terms of development policy. Regarding a possible extension of both missions, doubts not only hang over their effectiveness, but also their political licence and framework. Mali’s military government, in power since 2020, has adopted a confrontational course towards Western and regional partners, thus putting cooperation to a severe test.
Conditions for a continued German involvement in the EU mission to Mali look poor. The UN mission, however, could become even more important.