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date: 18 April 2021

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This chapter examines the crisis in Mali in 2012 with regard to the principle of responsibility to protect (R2P). The chapter discusses all three pillars of R2P, but in particular the decision by the UN Security Council to mandate an African-led intervention in Mali under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, and the subsequent deployment of the French Opération Serval. While supporters of the intervention have highlighted the need to protect civilians facing the march of terrorist and extremist groups towards Bamako, other commentators warned against an international intervention that could securitize the situation and subdue the calls for a necessary political dialogue that could lead to long-term solutions for the country.

Keywords: France, Mali, peacekeeping, protection of civilians, responsibility to protect, UN Security Council

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