Date of Award
Master of Science
Intelligence and National Security
Damien Van Puyvelde
This Thesis examines the Internet public relations content of Mali's Tuareg rebel group, the Mouvement National de la Liberation de L'Azawad (MNLA). Content analysis grounded in speech act securitization theory is applied to the 259 posts on the MNLA's primary French language website in order to determine if MNLA website posts correlate with the events occurring in the northern Mali conflict. The data reveals that various characteristics of MNLA statements do correlate with events in the conflict. What the MNLA says provides important insight into the organization and the conflict itself. The identified correlations allow for MNLA rhetoric and activity to be predicted by analysts based on what events may occur or are occurring related to the northern Mali conflict.
Received from ProQuest
Sean Neil Curtis
Curtis, Sean Neil, "La Lutte pour L'Azawad: MNLA Public Relations Responses to Conflict in Northern Mali, 2011-2014" (2015). Open Access Theses & Dissertations. 1026.