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Java Café Global Conversation - April 14, 2020

The Challenges of Peacebuilding in Mali. What type(s) of peace for a globalized conflict?

Speaker: Dr. Welore Tamboura from Mali will present on the current situation in Mali - and the role of the United Nations.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Streamed via Zoom

What is the context of the current crisis in Mali, which began in 2012 as a result of the military coup and the occupation of the north of the country by jihadists? This led to French intervention under a UN mandate in 2013, and a major military deployment in the North. One of the current concerns is the emergence of inter-ethnic and inter-tribal conflicts that threaten the very future of the country despite the signing of a peace agreement between the rebel groups and the government. France's intervention stopped the terrorists' advance towards the capital, and the peacekeeping operations have been vital. But how to achieve a sustainable peace in Mali? The Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission (CVJR) and its role as a part of the framework of transitional justice, will be explored. It aims to ensure four objectives: recognition, trust, the rule of law and ultimately reconciliation. This ambitious project is therefore based on a social dialogue with a diversity of actors in order to promote peace and reconciliation, which is in alignment the United Nations Global Goal 14 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions).

Bio: Dr. Welore Tamboura, RCAH’s first full-time visiting professor for an entire academic year, is a communications professor in the University of Letters and Human Sciences of Bamako (ULSHB) in Mali. She is an MSU Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) visiting scholar.

Welore Tamboura received a merit scholarship from the Malian government upon completion of her high school baccalaureate, allowing her to complete her higher education in France.

She is an associate researcher with the Groupe de Recherche sur les Enjeux de la Communication (GRESEC) and has taught for several years in the Information- Communication department of the Grenoble Alpes University.

In 2018, she returned to Mali and is an assistant professor at the University Institute of Technology (IUT) of the University of Letters and Human Sciences of Bamako.

In her research, she is interested in public communication as a tool for social change and more specifically in prevention campaigns.

Since mid-September 2019, Dr. Tamoura has been working at Michigan State University's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) as a post-doctoral fellow of the Alliance of African Partnership (AAP).  As part of this research program, she works under the supervision of the Dean Stephen L. Esquith (MSU) and Professor Macki SAMAKÉ (ULSHB) on the theme of Peace Education in Mali.

Upcoming Java Café Global Conversation dates: 

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