Conceptualizing the mobility of space through the Malian conflict

Olivier Walther, Denis Retaillé

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    The ongoing Malian conflict has sparked renewed media and academic interest in the Sahel. This paper shows how the various actors involved in the conflict, including nation-states, Tuareg rebels, and Islamist terrorists have adopted mobile strategies, which are not effectively explained using traditional geopolitical analysis. Combining a long-term geographical analysis of the Sahelo-Saharan space and a social network analysis of the main actors involved in the conflict, our objective is to develop an alternative methodological approach based primarily on movement. This mobile space approach, we argue, is better suited to grasping the complexity of contemporary conflicts in the Sahel-Sahara than the traditional approach based on territories.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftAnnales de Geographie
    Vol/bind6
    Sider (fra-til)595-618
    ISSN0003-4010
    StatusUdgivet - 2013

    Fingeraftryk

    network analysis
    nation state
    social network
    conflict
    analysis

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