from The Great Debate:

Democracy emerges in sub-Saharan Africa

By Andrew Novak and Kevin Lees
August 21, 2013

The recent re-election of Zimbabwe’s 89-year old president Robert Mugabe, in office for 33 years, resembled a period not long ago when sham elections were the norm in sub-Saharan Africa. Peaceful transitions of power were almost unheard of.

from Photographers' Blog:

The choice for Mali

August 6, 2013

Timbuktu, Mali

By Joe Penney

As Mali went to the polls July 28 for the first round of presidential elections meant to restore peace and stability in the vast, landlocked West African country, I traveled from the capital Bamako to the dusty northern city of Timbuktu.

from David Rohde:

A failure to lead at the U.N.

By David Rohde
April 12, 2013

It is the world’s most important organization, yet remains one of the most dysfunctional.

from Photographers' Blog:

Mali’s war: Far from over

March 22, 2013

Across Mali

By Joe Penney

Since French troops first arrived in Mali on January 11, 2013, I have spent all but one week of 2013 covering the conflict there. The first three weeks were probably the most intense I have ever worked in my life, and at times, the most frustrating. French troops hit the ground at a pace which far outstripped most journalists’ ability to cover events, and media restrictions forced journalists to focus on something other than fighting.

from Full Focus:

Imaging Mali: Joe Penney

March 22, 2013

Since French troops first arrived in Mali on January 11, 2013, photographer Joe Penney has spent all but one week of 2013 covering the conflict. "The first three weeks were probably the most intense I have ever worked in my life, and at times, the most frustrating," Joe says in his personal account here.

from Full Focus:

Photos of the week

March 15, 2013

Our top photos from the past week.

from Full Focus:

Images of February

March 3, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI resigned due to poor health, French troops battled Islamist rebels in Mali and Jennifer Lawrence accepted the Oscar for Best Actress.

from Full Focus:

Photos of the week

February 22, 2013

Our top photos from the past week.

from Photographers' Blog:

The hero of Timbuktu

February 15, 2013

Timbuktu, Mali

By Benoit Tessier

In order to get to Timbuktu I chose the most arduous route, 800 kms (500 miles) of tracks in the desert, because it was the only way possible. Along the road I saw more French flags than during the Football World Cup in 1998. Two days later François Hollande was arriving in town.

from Ian Bremmer:

C’est Mali: Intervention in a G-Zero world

By Ian Bremmer
February 8, 2013

I’ve just come back from a trip to France last week, where French officials told me that come 2014, they expect there will still be a significant number of French forces in the north of Mali.