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Understanding security perceptions in Mali: – A study of national and international actor’s perceptions of security in Mali
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Firstly, this thesis is set out to examine how national and international actors perceive security in Mali. Secondly, this thesis explores to what extent these perceptions mirror each other. The intense concern of terrorism and violent extremism has brought numerous regional, sub-regional and international stakeholders to the country. Through a content analysis on policy documents, reports, council conclusions, resolution, articles as well as interviews with representatives from civil society organizations in Mali, this paper discusses and analyses how security is perceived. A theoretical framework that categorizes security according to two dimensions: whether security is perceived from a military or human security perspective and to what extent micro- or macro level policy solutions are discussed, guides the analysis. The analysis specifically looks at to what extent terrorism and violent extremism are embedded in the security understanding. The analysis shows that international and national actors security perceptions align to a certain extent, and differ mostly in regards to micro-macro policy level discussions. Both actors acknowledge violent terrorism and extremism as conflict driving mechanisms, however, national actors identify economic insecurity to a larger extent. Lastly, this study suggests further research to examine to what extent diverging security perceptions influence international interventions in peacekeeping missions.

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2019. , p. 67
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Social Sciences Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-395040OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-395040DiVA, id: diva2:1360303
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Political Science
Educational program
Master Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2019-10-14 Created: 2019-10-11 Last updated: 2019-10-14Bibliographically approved

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