At the gates of Europe, an Arab and Muslim world is unfolding in full transformation since 2011, the year of the “Arab Spring”. This book invites you to (re) discover Mali through its history, its society, its politics, its economy, its culture.

History, society, politics, economy, religion and culture … The key book to understand the news of MALI.

Located in the heart of the Sahelo-Saharan region and heir to a thousand-year-old culture, Mali was considered to be a model of stability and democracy in West Africa.

But since 2011 and the return of heavily armed Tuareg fighters from Libya, the country has suffered both attacks from the Azawad National Liberation Movement, which calls for the independence of the North, and clashes between these same separatists and Islamists. arguing for control of the area.

If the army coup in March 2012 revealed the dysfunctions of Bamako’s power, the latter must regain its authority while dealing with a fragile economy, dependent on public and private external aid, and the expectations of Malians. Unemployment, poverty, corruption, refugees fleeing the fighting in the North, regional insecurity, ecological vulnerability … Faced with these many difficulties, the choices of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, elected in 2013, will be decisive in rebuilding national unity.


Editions De Boeck Supérieur

Collection director: Mathieu Guidère

Publication date: June 2014