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SIPRI and local partner CONASCIPAL launch a strategic vision for civil society's contribution to the Malian peace process

15 September 2015, Bamako, Mali

The impact of the Malian crisis, which began in January 2012 with a surge of armed violence in northern Mali, is felt across the country. While a peace accord was signed on 15 May and 20 June 2015, its implementation is faced with serious challenges. Achievement of a lasting peace will require commitment and contributions from a number of actors at all levels of Malian society.

SIPRI’s New Geopolitics of Peace Operations project concludes a series of five regional dialogue meetings in Africa

On November 16-18, SIPRI organized a regional dialogue meeting in Bamako, Mali on the future of peace operations and conflict management in Northern Africa. This was the fifth and final regional meeting in the series organized within the project New Geopolitics of Peace Operations II: African Outlooks on Conflict Management. The project aims to better understand how to prepare peace operations for the diverse security environments in Africa, while promoting local and international dialogue on the future of peace and security.

SIPRI publishes new reports on African regional dialogues

As part of the second phase of the New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative, SIPRI co-organized a series of dialogue meetings with diplomats, military representatives and academics in five subregions of Africa: West Africa (Abuja), the Greater Horn of Africa (Addis Ababa), Central Africa (Douala), Southern Africa (Maputo) and Sahel-Saharan Africa (Bamako).

Reports from each of the dialogue meetings are now available for download from the SIPRI website. Each report highlights several key themes that emerged from the regional dialogues.

SIPRI and CONASCIPAL cooperate on peacebuilding in Mali with strong involvement of civil society

More than a year after the peace agreement in Mali, SIPRI is pleased to announce the continuation of its onsite work in Mali in partnership with the Bamako-based organization CONASCIPAL (National Coalition of Civil Society for Peace and the Fight against the Proliferation of Small Arms). The work closely involves Malian civil society organizations to help build a durable and stable peace in the country.

SIPRI launches film series on local perceptions of security in Mali

SIPRI has produced a series of interview films spotlighting people’s perceptions of security in Mali. A range of voices from the country’s different regions are represented—all of which belong to members of the Monitoring Groups for Peace and Security (MGPS) within the SIPRI–CONASCIPAL peacebuilding and civil-society strengthening programme in Mali.

SIPRI launches reports on the new external security politics of the Horn of Africa

SIPRI has expanded its research on security issues in the Horn of Africa by launching a new series of publications investigating major questions for the future security and stability of the region. Notably, it highlights the increasing importance of geopolitical, commercial and military competition as the driver of foreign military deployments to the region.

SIPRI and partners convene regional dialogue on climate security in the Horn of Africa

On 22–23 May, SIPRI, in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Kenya Office (FES Kenya) and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), convened a two-day workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, to seek ways of better integrating the risks posed by climate change into peace and security processes in the Horn of Africa.

New film on regional perceptions of security in the Sahel

Despite the deployment of international and regional troops to support national armed and security forces in Mali, instability has escalated and spread across borders throughout the Sahel. The Sahel countries—Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger—share not only historical trajectories, trade routes and communities, but now also a social, economic, political and human crisis. To confront these common challenges, the Sahel countries are seeking ways to combat new threats, which include violent extremism and increasing intercommunal tensions.

Understanding and addressing the root causes of conflicts in Central Mali—new SIPRI film

Today, SIPRI launches a new film capturing insights from international and Malian actors on the complexity of the crisis in Central Mali, in an effort to understand the nature of the conflict and ways of addressing it. The film, entitled ‘Understanding and addressing the root causes of conflicts in Central Mali’, provides an overview of SIPRI’s work in Central Mali as part of the three-year ‘Central Mali Project for Security and Development’.

New SIPRI film: SIPRI and Point Sud’s work in central Mali—The methodology

Today, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) launches a new Reflection Film that outlines and describes for the first time how SIPRI and its partner in Mali, Point Sud, collect data in central Mali, using quantitative and qualitative research methods, to understand the perceptions of the local population.

SIPRI and CONASCIPAL launch the new Mali civil society and peacebuilding project

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This seminar constituted a formal launch of the project in Mali as well as a networking occasion for civil society organizations involved in the project.

In addition to launching the project, the purpose of the seminar was to provide a comprehensive analysis of the political and security situation in Mali and to have feedback on this analysis from Malian civil society organization representatives, policy-makers and academics. The seminar had around 50 participants and was followed by a press conference.  

National Forum of Traditional Authorities and Women’s Associations on their role in the consolidation of peace in Mali

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This 3-day national forum initiated a process of reflection on the capacity of traditional authorities, religious leaders and associations of women to contribute to peacebuilding in Mali.

The forum brought together around 110 participants, including government representatives and academics. The 3 days of presentations addressed the following topics:

CONASCIPAL launches a 'Strategic Vision' for civil society contributions to peace and national unity in Mali

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In light of civil society's important role in peacebuilding, SIPRI has been supporting a process together with CONASCIPAL to develop a strategic vision for civil society contributions to peace and national unity in Mali. CONASCIPAL presented this strategic vision, Vision Stratégique de la Société Civile por la Paix et l’Unité National au Mali, at a seminar in Bamako, Mali.