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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Standing in solidarity with the people of Mali, Burkina Faso & Niger, 35+ local, regional & international organisations launched the People’s Coalition for the Sahel. They are calling for a new approach to insecurity in the Sahel, based on four pillars: People’s Pillars #1: Put the protection of civilians and human security at the heart of the response in the Sahel. People’s Pillars #2: Create a comprehensive political strategy to address the root causes of insecurity. People’s Pillars #3: Respond to humanitarian emergencies and ensuring that aid is responsive to development. People’s Pillars #4: Combat impunity and ensure access to justice for all. Read more on Global R2P and Le Monde.