International Order & Conflict

What Mali Can Teach Us

What Mali Can Teach Us: A Discussion on the
Primacy of Civil Authority in Rebuilding the Security Sector 

Presented by the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Mali Watch, the
National Defense University’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies, and the
Stimson Center’s Future of Peace Operations program


distinguished panel lent its perspectives on rebuilding the security
sector in Mali and its links to peacebuilding efforts.

Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Al Maamoun Baba Lamine Keita, Ambassador of the Republic of Mali to the United States 

Melanie Cohen-Greenberg, President & CEO, Alliance for
Peacebuilding and Co-Chair of
Mali Watch

Vivian Lowery Derryck, President & CEO of the Bridges
Institute and Co-Chair of Mali Watch

Retired Col. Christopher Holshek, Senior Fellow, Alliance for

Establishing a “healthy, sustainable civil-military relationship that
institutionalizes the primacy of civil authority and links security sector
reform and civil society peacebuilding efforts will be the key component of
national reconciliation and addressing the main drivers of conflict” attests a recently
released paper
 by the Mali Watch group, and co-sponsored by the Alliance
for Peacebuilding and the Bridges Institute.

What should the government of Mali and the growing international presence in
Mali consider with regard to the security sector as the newly established
United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali helps
prepare Mali for its national election on July 28? What can the U.S. and others
learn from the Mali experience about fostering peace and security in Africa, as
just discussed by the U.N. Security Council and President Obama during his trip
to Africa?

For more information, contact Aditi Gorur at [email protected] or 202-478-3445



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