Weekly Update on Sahel

Responding to the Rise in Violent Extremism in the Sahel

Pauline Le Roux highlights in her ACSS brief that violent activity involving close coordinated militant Islamist groups in the Sahel has doubled every year since 2015. They employ asymmetric tactics and have aplified local girevances and intercommunal differences to increase recruitement. Given the complex social dimensions of violence in the Sahel, a more robust mobile security presence and solidarity with communities affected by conflict is recommended.

Engager le dialogue au Sahel : à Pau un revirement stratégique est nécessaire

Jean-Hervé Jezequel, director at the Sahel Project, discusses at the ICG the meeting between France and G5 Sahel members that took place on 13 January. Altough actors reaffirmed their committment to fight together against jihadi terrorism, the autor argues that the military response is not enough and a political solution needs to be found.

The G5 Sahel region: a Desert Flower?

Stellah KwasiJakkie CilliersLily Welborn and Ibrahim Maiga provide a short history of G5 Sahel. They argue that fundamnetal development interventions and not militarised approaches can improve the situation in the region. These must include: promotion of accountable governance that promotes transparency, the rule of law and respect for human rights, and provision of basic services for the entire population.

Said Khatibi on the Entanglements of Story in Bosnia and Algeria

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction’s (IPAF) 2020 longlist was announced last month, and Said Khatibi’s third novel Firewood of Sarajevo, was among the 16 titles selected:

Khatibi’s first novel, The Book of Faults (kitab al-khataya), was published in 2013. After that, he brought out a travel journal, The Gardens of the East Afflamed (jana’in al-sharq al-multahiba) in 2015. Khatibi has also translated, to Arabic, a collection of poetry by Kateb Yacine titled Far from Nedjma (Ba’idan ‘an Nedjma). Khatibi can be read in Spanish, as his second novel Forty Years Waiting for Isabel, was translated by Noemi Fierro Bandera (Baile del Sol editions, 2018). His work is also available in French; a short story appears in the volume Miniscule Histories of the Arab Revolutions (Histoires minuscules des révolutions arabes2012) edited by Wassyla Tamzali.

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