Bridges from Bamako

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Bridges from Bamako
Bruce Whitehouse is an anthropologist and lived in Bamako, Mali from August 2011 through June 2012. He has since repatriated to the USA
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  • What Mali's recent past reveals about its present woes, Part 2: Of chiefs, slaves, and "paranoid nationalism" 3 weeks ago In his recent book From Empires to NGOs in the West African Sahel, historian Gregory Mann describes how state sovereignty was fashioned in the Sahel following the end of colonial rule. In the previous post, we discussed his concept of … Continue reading →
  • What Mali's recent past reveals about its present woes, Part 1: The road to nongovernmentality 1 month ago These days the sovereignty of the Malian state looks more hypothetical than ever. The government’s control over its northern regions ranges from tenuous to nonexistent. Kidal has been firmly under the rule of Tuareg separatists for two years, while only … Continue reading →
  • Mali's peace negotiations: Déjà vu all over again? 3 months ago [This piece originally appeared on the blog Fragile States.] Starting in July 2014, representatives of Mali’s central government and various northern rebel factions took part in peace talks hosted in Algiers. Following the latest round in November, a draft agreement … Continue reading →
  • Why Ebola can-and must-be stopped in Mali 4 months ago To bring us up to date on efforts to contain Mali’s Ebola outbreak, here is a post from a guest blogger who recently concluded a visit to Bamako where he observed the ongoing public health campaign by various international, governmental, and … Continue reading →
  • A hard look at Mali's problems 5 months ago It’s not yet clear whether Mali will avoid its own outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Thus far only one case of infection has been confirmed within Mali’s borders, on 23 October. A Doctors Without Borders representative credits a rapid … Continue reading →

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