French intervention in Mali 2012

Tomas Lodberg Kjær, Ruta Vezelyte & Christina Krambeck Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


The coup d’etat in March 2012 opened the door for a political crisis and military occupation in Mali, inflicted by both Tuareg separatists and Islamic Jihadists. Despite the intentions of stability in the AU mission AFISMA, France unilaterally intervened in order to eliminate the Islamic extremists and eradicate the threat for the Malian sovereignty. While France justifies that the operation was solely to fight for the global agenda of “War on terror”, along with formally being invited to intervene by the Malian president, some critics argue that France has engaged in Mali due to its own national interests. Therefore, by focusing on the actual shape and development of the conflict, from the beginning of its formation till the French intervention, this report aims to uncover French motivation to intervene in Mali. As well as to explain how its interests and foreign policy strategy could be understood from the realist perspective.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Antal sider45
VejledereJacob Rasmussen