Dr Olivier J Walther is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern Denmark and a Visiting Professor in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University in the US. His research addresses cross-border conflicts and the spatial patterns of transnational terrorist organizations. He is the Africa Editor of the Journal of Borderlands Studies.
Unravelling the Malian puzzle requires looking at the way in which relations between antagonists explain the political violence in Mali. Building on previous work in which we applied social network analysis to West Africa’s conflicts, in this research article we will map the alliances and conflicts between groups involved in the Malian conflict.