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What Future for UN Peacekeeping in Africa after Mali Shutters Its Mission?

At Bamako’s request, the UN Security Council has begun drawing down the UN peacekeeping operation in Mali.

In this Q&A, Crisis Group experts Richard Gowan and Daniel Forti explore the implications for blue helmet missions elsewhere on the continent.

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What happened?

In June, to the surprise of most UN Security Council members, Mali’s government called on the Council to pull UN peacekeepers out of the country “without delay”.

Some diplomats briefly considered options for keeping the UN Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in place, but most greeted the news with a…

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