West Africa: Sahel Sahara - Limits of Regional Groupings
The 20 November bloody assault on the luxury hotel, Blu Radisson in Bamako, Mali has claimed over 20 deaths plus a dozen wounded in addition to massive material destruction. The... Read more »
Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso - the Post Abortive Coup
The attempted coup of September 16, 2015, in Burkina Faso, has failed. The Presidential Security Regiment (RSP), commanded by General Gilbert Diendéré was put down by... Read more »
West Africa: Sahel Sahara - Facing the Global Threats.
The latest institutional crises in Guinea Bissau and Burkina Faso, as well as the continuing Boko Haram deadly attacks, reminds once again, of the prevalence of a deep and real... Read more »
North Africa: Sahel Sahara - the Missing Link
Summer time is the season when rains start to make the desert friendlier and when radicals and their associates feel blessed. In competition, the new hardliners of Daech and the... Read more »
Africa: Peacebuilding Review Urges Long-Haul Approach for UN
In the United Nations' quest for peace, the decision to create the Peacebuilding Commission, the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), and the Peacebuilding Fund in 2005 was hailed... Read more »
West Africa: Sahel Sahara - Beyond the Malian Crisis.
After months of open and overt diplomatic and other pressures by the international mediation on the belligerents, the remaining Malian parties have finally met and formally signed... Read more »
Burkina Faso: A New Electoral Law and Political Struggles
On April 7, 2015, Burkina Faso provisional National Transition Council (NTC) passed a new law amending the Electoral Code. Read more »
West Africa: Nigeria and Mali Challenges to Face for Security
By making the fight against Boko Haram his main priority, the new President of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari, brings good news to the sub-region especially as he is well known... Read more »
Burkina Faso: Will the Army Confiscate the Upcoming Elections in October?
Colonel Jean-Baptiste Natama, Director of the Cabinet of the Chair of the African Commissionin Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, was the first to declare himself as candidate for the October... Read more »
Mali: 'An Unstructured Conflict'
The Malian conflict is one of those entrenched crises, where the emotions have become so high and resentments so strong, while the passions are so uncontrolled that logical... Read more »
West Africa: Sahel and Libya - a Military Intervention?
With the horrific, bloody Libyan imbroglio and the continued Mali and Central African Republic crises, while Boko Haram keeps the lead with murderous attacks around the Lake Chad... Read more »
December 04, 2014
West Africa: Mali and Militarization of the Sahel
In domestic conflicts, such as that of Mali, a peace agreement is usually the result of a long and tortuous process. Settling a conflict it is a difficult and frustrating exercise... Read more »
November 08, 2014
West Africa: Burkina Faso Crisis - a Sahel Crisis
The brutal collapse of the regime of Burkina Faso long lasting president, Blaise Campaoré, on Thursday 30 October, provides an opportunity to draw a few lessons to help... Read more »
October 20, 2014
North Africa: The Deash Threat and the Sahel
The assassination of French Hervé Gourdel, in northern of Algeria, by a new terrorist group called "the Caliphate soldiers", was a reminder of bad memories in the... Read more »
September 29, 2014
West Africa: Combatting Daech and the Sahel
The anti-terrorist offensive of the international community, whose purpose is to hunt down Islamist fighters Daech " to the gates of hell ", in the words of the American Vice... Read more »
August 03, 2014
Africa: The USA Africa Summit
President Barack Obama will be hosting the first ever US - Africa Summit these 5 and 6 August in Washington DC. By itself, and beyond any expected outcome, the event is already an... Read more »
July 12, 2014
West Africa: The Sahel Sahara - Negotiating Is Not Enough
Still in deep turmoil, the Sahel region lives a crisis which gets more complicated with its roots deepening further in northern Mali, southern Libya and the Central African... Read more »
June 25, 2014
West Africa: Morocco and the Sahel Sahara
Today, while the promises of prosperity are tremendous and the challenges to insecurity real, the entire Sahara - Sahel region and the Maghreb often seems to be mostly looking... Read more »
May 30, 2014
Central African Republic: A Pale President and Two Well Present Former Presidents
The decor is stunning, picturesque. Previously, Her Excellency Ms. Catherine Samba- Panza, the current president of the Transition was managing her insurance company, an affiliate... Read more »
May 18, 2014
Nigeria: Boko Haram - the International Recognition
The Paris Summit, which brought together the presidents of Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria around the French President in Paris on May 17 was, to say the least,... Read more »
April 20, 2014
Central African Republic: Central African Republic - the Free Fall?
Playing with fire is not only stupid but also a risky game. Playing with religious sensitivities in a fragile environment is worse: an irresponsible behavior that can lead to major... Read more »
April 01, 2014
Africa: The EU and AU - a New or One More Additional Summit?
What new will come from this week African and European fourth summit in Brussels? Leaders will certainly agree on some practical measures to address security in the Sahel,... Read more »
March 01, 2014
West Africa: The Sahel - On the Brink?
Being committed to peace does not necessarily bring peace to a country. To live in peace is more important than to discuss peace. Moreover, in a fragile and unpredictable... Read more »
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