#DFS2022: The Future of Germany’s Political Strategy in Mali

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The security situation in Mali, in particular for Malian civilians, continues to de¬teriorate. The European Union has sub¬sequently halted its training mission (EUTM) in the country. The German government has been engaged in Mali within the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and EUTM, but also with a wide range of policy instruments in diplomacy and develop¬ment cooperation. In late May 2022, the German parliament will decide on whether and how to continue the involvement. Its efficacy has been debated for years. German govern¬ments have emphasized the need for German and EU policy instru¬ments in Mali to be embedded in a larger political strategy. This webinar aims to find out: What is Berlin’s current political strategy in Mali – and how is it seen in Mali? What are key political develop¬ments in Mali that need to be addressed in this strategy? What adjust¬ment might Germany’s and the EU’s goals and instruments need? What, in short, would a more effective German policy in Mali look like?

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  • Baba Dakono, Executive Secretary of the Observatoire citoyen sur la gouvernance et la sécurité
  • Ambassador Christoph Retzlaff, Special Envoy for the Sahel, German Federal Foreign Office (Twitter: @GermanyDiplo)
  • Dr. Antonia Witt, Senior Researcher, PRIF (Twitter: @_witt_antonia)

Chair: Sarah Bockmeier, Berlin Office PRIF (Twitter: @sarahbrockmeier)

Date: 17 May 2022, 12:30 - 13:45 CEST (75 minutes)
Format: Panel Discussion
Registration: via Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (HSFK)