Archive | November, 2020

France’s War in the Sahel and the Evolution of Counter-Insurgency Doctrine

Michael Shurkin, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, documents the evolution of French counterinsurgency (COIN) practices and doctrines from 19th-century colonial operations & the Cold War to present day Operation Barkhane, which began in 2014. He argues that the French military is currently limiting itself to focusing on security in the anticipation that others will do the political work. Read more on Texas National Security Review

Continue Reading 0

Update & Resources on West Africa

Niger: American hostage rescued by US special forces An American hostage kidnapped in Niger has been freed in a raid by US special forces. Philip Walton was abudcted from a village close to the border with Nigeria by men armed with AK47s on motorbikes. BBC reports that with jihadist and criminal groups known to operate in the Sahel area, at least six hostages are thought to be held captive. Turning the Authoritarian Tide: Strategies For Transforming Securitisation Watch a global debate by the Security Policy Alternatives Network (SPAN) & the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftun, on current trends in peace, security and human rights and prospects for adopting security policy alternatives. Video Recording English/French translation needed? Click here Besoin d’une traduction anglais/français? Cliquez ici The African Soldiers of the First World War RUSI online conversation with the Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP and Professor Michèle Barrett on the forgotten African soldiers who fought for Britain in the First World War. Date: 11 November 2020 Time: 1600 GMT Register here  

Continue Reading 0