As a UN cease-fire effort in Syria fails with more killings – and the Syrian Army fires into Turkish territory – an end to the violence will require greater appeals to conscience. Will Russia listen?
Maybe, but the Tuaregs have longed for independence for decades, and Mali's security has been declining for years.
Kofi Annan seems to think so. But there are strong grounds for doubt.
Disarray following a March 21 coup has allowed Tuareg rebels to take over much of Mali's north. West African neighbors worry about spillover.