Mali

Christian Caryl

9 Things to Avoid When Creating Your Own Caliphate

If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.

Christian Caryl |

Christian Caryl

African Growing Pains

Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.

Christian Caryl |

Christian Caryl

In 2014, It's Not Just About the Ballot Box

The year ahead will tell us a lot about the state of democracy around the world. But voting is just one part of the story.

Christian Caryl |

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Death to the Republic

Did François Hollande single-handedly kill the state Charles de Gaulle made?

Robert Zaretsky |

Christian Caryl

The Desert Versus the Delta

Why democracy is good for the environment.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Mali 2.0

The French military intervention and a successful election have given Mali a chance to reboot its democracy. But it's going to be an uphill climb.

Peter Tinti |

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Wash Out

Mali's presidential vote is scheduled for the absolute worst time -- and Paris is to blame.  

Eamonn Gearon |

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France's Forgotten War

Mali is old news in Paris. Now it’s all gay marriage all the time.

Robert Zaretsky |

Dispatch

The Strange Case of the White Jihadist of Timbuktu

Was Abdul Jalil al-Fransi an al Qaeda fighter -- or a French spy?

Harald Doornbos |

Dispatch

Vive La France, Allahu Akbar

Islamic militants messed with the wrong city on Saturday night.

Matt Trevithick |

Dispatch

Welcome to Cocainebougou

Amid the drug palaces of northern Mali, it's easy to see why this war will be hard to win.

Yochi Dreazen |

Dispatch

The Jihadi from the Block

In the war for the heart of northern Mali, the real fear isn’t al Qaeda, it’s the criminals and fundamentalists lurking just around the corner.

Peter Tinti |

Dispatch

Mali's Bad Trip

Field notes from the West African drug trade.

Andrew Lebovich |

Argument

Speak Softly and Let Others Carry the Big Stick

The problem with the 'light footprint' approach to U.S. military policy.

Jonathan Morgenstein |

Argument

Alone in the Desert

How Camus explains France's troubling intervention in Mali.

Robert Zaretsky |

Dispatch

Inside the Islamic Emirate of Timbuktu

An exclusive trove of al Qaeda documents found in this fabled city shows a theocracy in the making in Mali.

Harald Doornbos |

Dispatch

Cracks at the Core

It's not jihadists who are threatening to destroy Mali -- it's a massive culture of government corruption.

Tristan McConnell |

Dispatch

Death Comes Quietly in Mali

It’s not Islamic radicals or war that’s killing the poor people of the Sahel. It’s something far simpler.

Anna Badkhen |