France’s strategic failure in Mali: a postcolonial disutility of force?

Tony Chafer, Eloïse Bertrand, Ed Stoddard

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The end of December 2023 saw the final withdrawal of UN forces from Mali after the military regime in Bamako expelled the UN contingent operating in the country. In many ways, the UN pullout represents the most recent domino to fall in the wider collapse of the French-led intervention in Mali that started 11 years earlier.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationRUSI Analysis
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2024


  • postcolonial
  • force
  • military
  • France
  • Sahel
  • Africa

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