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Solving political crises in West Africa & Sahel: Consensus rather than compromise

NIMD Sahel Director Mirjam Tjassing and Founder of WATHI Yabi Gilles argue if ECOWAS does not go beyond the usual worn-out political recipes – perceived by marginalised populations as cake-sharing between opportunistic actors – the chances of ending cycle of political crises plaguing Mali, the Sahel and West Africa are very slim. Original article: In English on NIMD in French in Jeune Afrique

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France in the Sahel: a case of the reluctant multilateralist?

France is presenting its current involvement in the Sahel as a new, and more multilateral, form of intervention. But is it? Does it mark a clean break with France’s early postcolonial past, characterised by unilateral intervention practices? Or does it, thanks to a process called ‘layering’, superimpose and meld together old unilateral intervention practices with the ‘newer’ multilateral approach? In looking for answers to these questions, we are reminded of the quotation by management consultant Peter Drucker, namely that If you want to do something new, you have to stop doing something old. This observation seems to be the key to understanding the novelty or otherwise of France’s actions in the Sahel. Thus, before searching for the ‘new’, we need to look back and identify the ‘old’. Read more on The Conversation Authors: Tony Chafer: Professor of African and French Studies, University of Portsmouth Gordon D. Cumming: Professor of Foreign and Development Policies, Cardiff University          

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