Update on Security

Western Sahel: the push for counter-insurgency results is fuelling attacks on civilians, according to a new report

After eight years of conflict in the Sahel, the international community remains primarily focused on the two main jihadi militant groups driving the sub-regional insurgency in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger: the Al Qaeda-affiliated Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS). The reality on the ground is far more complex.


As Chad’s Problems Mount, What Role for Civil Society?

With its people increasingly frustrated by elite impunity, civil society organisations are seeking to mobilise into a coherent protest movement.


Burkina Faso: Thinking Security Out of Informality

Oswald Padonou argues that the introduction of military service or a national civic service could help address the growing problem of insecurity in Burkina Faso.

Chad withdraws from anti-jihadi operations outside its national territory

Shortly after 100 Chadian soldiers were killed in a sophisticated attack by Boko Haram, the Chadian President Idriss Deby declared that it will withdraw anti-jihadi operations outside its national territory: “Our troops have died for Lake Chad and the Sahel. From today, no Chadian soldiers will take part in a military mission outside Chad”.

International Crisis Group