Operation ‘Serval’: A Strategic Analysis of the French Intervention in Mali, 2013–2014

@article{Boeke2015OperationA,
  title={Operation ‘Serval’: A Strategic Analysis of the French Intervention in Mali, 2013–2014},
  author={Sergei Boeke and Bart Schuurman},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={38},
  pages={801 - 825}
}
Abstract In 2013, France launched Operation ‘Serval’ to halt the southwards advance of Islamist insurgents in Mali. Using a Clausewitzian analytical framework, this article provides an assessment of France’s political and military aims in Mali and the degree to which they have been attained. Clear political goals, coordinated international diplomacy, an effective use of military force and blunders by the rebel forces turned ‘Serval’ into a short-term success. Strategically, however, the mission… 
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