For almost two decades Mali was suffering from bad governance, a security vacuum, political instability, extremist groups and ethnic confrontations. January 2012 landmarked the most recent uprising of the Tuaregs against the Malian authorities, which resulted in taking over the Northern part of the country. A year later, after the French intervention and the mobilisation of the international community in the country, the situation remains worrying. The organisation of elections in July 2013 indicates a positive step towards democratisation, but the majority of the problems that Mali has been facing for the past years persist. How many things have changed in the security situation in Mali? Did the international community learn from its past mistakes or is this an impression of a déjà vu?
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