The Sahel region of West Africa is buffeted by accelerated climate change and the spread of deserts, by the rapid growth of an increasingly youthful population, and by all the crises of extreme poverty. Accompanying those challenges is the spread of conflict within countries and across borders. France, with 4500 troops fighting violent extremists, is reassessing its role in the region after the deaths of 13 troops in Mali in November and scores of soldiers killed in Niger recently. African security studies experts produced a report by African scholars and organized a December conference in Mali to imagine the future of five beleaguered nations.
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allAfrica, 5 December 2019
Five countries in west Africa's Sahel region – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – are facing crises across multiple fronts, including the accelerated… Read more »
DW, 12 December 2019
Despite the ongoing presence of French troops in the troubled Sahel region, violent attacks against civilians and security forces are still commonplace. So why isn't the situation… Read more »
Senegalese peacekeepers are part of an emergency plan in support of the Malian authorities to protect civilians.
ISS, 6 December 2019
No terrorist attacks have been recorded on Mauritanian soil since 20 December 2011. On that day, a gendarme, Ely Ould Mokhtar, was kidnapped in the town of Adel Bagrou on the… Read more »
The Conversation Africa, 26 November 2019
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Helicopter being used as part of Operation Barkhane (file photo).
DW, 20 November 2019
The killing of 24 soldiers by Islamist militants in Mali has called to questioning the strength of the G5 Sahel troops. Paul Melly of Chatham House says they are insufficient to… Read more »
West Africa: Strengthening Bonds in the Sahel
Africa Renewal, 22 August 2018
Political insecurity in the Sahel has its roots in poverty and climate change, declares Mahamadou Issoufou, the president of Niger. Read more »
Joint forces for the G5 Sahel's Operation Barkhane, which started in 2014.
The G5 Sahel HQ destroyed by a terrorist attack on 29 June 2018 in Mopti, Mali.
Military solutions have clearly not been successful in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel. The lessons of America's war in Afghanistan should have forced the international ... Read more »
The G5 Sahel countries.