Natasja Rupesinghe is a Research Fellow in the Peace Conflict and Development Group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. She is also a DPhil candidate in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford at Nuffield College. She has a bachelor's degree in International Relations and French from the University College London, and a master's degree in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her focus is predominantly on conflict dynamics and insurgencies in Africa, particularly in the Sahel region, as well as responses from international missions and peace operations.
The question is whether this strategy of decapitation works or not. We argue that at best it is a tactical achievement which could have unintended consequences.
The massacre of Fulani in central Mali on 23 March marks a grave, new turn in the conflict. How did we get here?