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News & Resources (1/07/02021)

News Macron announces the end of France’s anti-Islamist Operation Barkhane in the Sahel – France24 Macron: Barkhane mission ending, French presence to stay in Sahel – Al Jazeera Macron announces end of France’s anti-terror Operation Barkhane in Africa’s Sahel region – CNN Les États-Unis adressent un message de soutien fort à la France au Sahel – RFI Au Sahel, il faut replacer la protection des civils au cœur de la réponse à la crise – Mediapart Instability in the Sahel: how a jihadi gold rush is fuelling violence in Africa – Financial Times Terrorism Spreading ‘Unabated’ Across Africa, Warns US Commander – VOANews Le Niger, nouveau pivot de la France au Sahel – Le Temps Resources The PSC and Chad – policy implications of a historic decision – ISS Terrorism in Côte d’Ivoire is no longer just an external threat – ISS

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The Joint Force of the G5 Sahel: An Appropriate Response to Combat Terrorism?

Introduction The Joint Force of the Group of Five of the Sahel (Force Conjointe du G5 Sahel or FC-G5S) is the latest initiative by African member states to reduce the threat of terrorism in the Sahel, a region that is often framed as an arc of instability. The FC-G5S – which includes Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad – was authorised by the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) on 13 April 2017 for a 12-month period, and was later – on 20 June 2017 – welcomed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). It was reauthorised by the AU PSC for a 12-month period on 12 April 2018. This article focuses on the security pillar of the G5 Sahel, by examining the FC-G5S mandate to combat terrorism in the Sahel. After a brief background, the article provides an overview of the main jihadist protagonists in the Sahel, demonstrating that some of these groups emerge and thrive, due to distinctly local, societal problems, and should not only be viewed through the prism of terrorism. The article then examines the FC-G5S counterterrorism (CT) strategy and the conceptualisation and configuration of the force itself, and argues that currently there is a […]

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