The legitimacy of traditional authorities in areas of limited statehood in Mali, Niger and Libya

October 24, 2019     cib    

The border regions of Mali, Niger, and Libya are far out of reach of these states’ central governments. Local governance is usually in the hands of traditional authorities, such as tribal chiefs and imams. Yet the ever-increasing presence of armed groups, as well as ensuing external interventions, are putting the delicate balances of power in these areas under pressure.

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