Morten Bøås (PhD) is Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and works on issues concerning peace and conflict in Africa, including issues such as land rights and citizenship conflicts, youths, ex-combatants and the new landscape of insurgencies and geopolitics. He has published extensively on African politics and development. His publications include, African Guerrillas: Raging Against the Machine (Lynne Rienner, 2007, co-edited with Kevin Dunn), International Development Vol. I-IV (Sage Publications, 2010, co-edited with Benedicte Bull), The Politics of Origin in Africa (Zed Books, 2013, co-authored with Kevin Dunn), and The Politics of Conflict Economies (Routledge, 2015).
To succeed in Northern Mali, the international community must apply a much broader regional focus beyond current narrow counter-terrorism efforts.