Bruce Whitehouse

Bruce Whitehouse teaches anthropology and global studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He recently concluded ten months of field research in Mali.

What went wrong in Mali?

Bruce Whitehouse, 30 August 2012

The Republic of Mali has long been seen as the exception to the dictatorships or civil wars that have seemed the rule in West Africa since the end of the Cold War: a state that was able to shift from autocracy to democratic governance. Arid, landlocked, larger than France (its former colonial master) and Spain combined, and among the world’s poorest nations, dependent on foreign aid, Mali shook off single-party rule in 1991, when massive protests touched off a coup that ended the 23-year reign of General Moussa Traoré.

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