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Security and Defence

Team Leader: Dr Rowan Allport – Senior Fellow

Our research on security and defence focuses on analysis of Western foreign policy,  international security issues and cyber-security. The group maintains a strong regional expertise on the MENA region.

Mali’s Abandonment of Committed Partners in Favor of Russia’s Wagner Group

Throughout the summer of 2022, the military regime in Mali took a series of steps under the influence of Russia to isolate itself from its international military and political partners. This decline in access to hard power was counteracted by the introduction of the Russian private military company the Wagner Group, with its alleged heavy ties to the Kremlin.

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Mercenary Work – New Relationship Between Suspected Russian ‘Wagner Group’ and Mali Armed Forces Leaves 300 Dead

On 1 April 2022, the Malian government proudly announced their successes during a recent operation in Moura that left an estimated 300 ‘militants’ dead. Between 23 and 31 March, the Malian army and suspected Russian mercenary counterparts, Wagner Group (WG), summarily executed these estimated 300 men.

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