February 4, 2013

Declaring Victory: France Does It Right

Kelly McParland, National Post

AP Photo

Francois Hollande had his George Bush moment on the weekend, descending on Mali with a coterie of French cabinet ministers to declare “Mission Accomplished” after French troops chased terrorists from a host of desert towns, striking a serious blow against extremist Islam.

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January 28, 2013
France, the Ultimate 'Realist' State
Olivier Schmitt, Kings of War
France has now been engaged in Mali for two weeks. The intervention seems to be typical of the “French touch” by combining a degree of initial improvisation, the right amount of aggressiveness and a difficult- but so... more ››
January 25, 2013
Will North Africa Be Europe's Afghanistan?
Jon Fenby, Yale Global
The need to evolve a stable political system in Mali is a daunting task as is the rebooting of the economy. More widely, powers from outside the region seem only now to be waking up to the danger posed by AQIM. The French action... more ››
January 26, 2013
What's the Russian, Chinese Play in Mali?
M K Bhadrakumar, Asia Times
There is a saying, "Once bitten, twice shy". Russia and China claim to have been bitten once: when the West turned the United Nation's Security Council resolution 1973 on its head and proceeded to invade Libya. Moscow and Beijing... more ››
January 26, 2013
For French Troops, No Ordinary Mission
John Thorne, CS Monitor