Francophone Africa Update


Violences au Sahel : La Mauritanie et Le Togo expriment leurs “vives préoccupations” – Read more on

La mort du chef de l’Etat islamique au Grand Sahara : une occasion de dialogue ? – Read more on

Sahel: Barkhane poursuit ses opérations conjointes avec les forces partenaires – Read more on


Three policemen killed in Niger jihadist assault – Read more on

Le président Bazoum affronte sa première crise institutionnelle – Read more on

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso – Niger : une mutualisation des efforts pour plus d’efficacité dans la lutte contre le terrorisme – Read more on

Erdoğan meets Liberia’s Weah, leaders of Togo, Burkina Faso – Read more on

Pan-African film festival opens in Burkina Faso amid COVID19 and security challenges – Read more on


Mali asks Muslim leaders to negotiate with al Qaeda affiliate – Read more on

ECOWAS delegation visits Mali, seeks assurance on elections – Read more on

Choguel Maïga : « Notre gouvernement a compris que s’il ne compte que sur un seul partenaire, il pourra à tout moment être abandonné » – Read more on

Mali’s Timbuktu fears jihadis as France reduces troops – Read more on

Au Mali, le jeu trouble de la junte avec les mercenaires russes de Wagner – Read more on

Mali asks Islamic body to open negotiations with al-Qaeda – Read more on


WATHI – Entretien avec Dieynaba Sidibé (Zeinixx), Artiste-Graffeuse- Youtube link

Operation Barkhane and the Future of Intervention in the Sahel- SWP Comment


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Dossier Sahel: Instability, Violent Extremism and Foreign Actors

Northwestern Sahel represents one of the most unstable areas in sub-Saharan Africa. Seven years after the outbreak of the conflict in Mali, violent extremism has spread across the region, together with community conflicts over the access to natural resources and inter-ethnic violence. Trans-border activities of non-state armed actors – insurgents, jihadist groups and ethnic-based militias – as well as illicit trafficking networks feed the regional insecurity. These dynamics have boosted military and political intervention of Western actors and the development of multilateral initiatives across Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad. What are the main drivers of the instability affecting the Sahelian states? To what extent is the current security situation in the Sahel deteriorating? And what are the challenges ahead for states and international actors?

Mauritania: The New Strongman in Nouakchott Cédric Jourde University of Ottawa

The Formidable Challenges to Peace in Mali Edoardo Baldaro Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”

The Current State of Insecurity in Burkina Faso Daniel Eizenga Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Niger: Has Securitisation Stopped Traffickers? Alexandre Bish Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Chad: France’s Role and Political Instability Tony Chafer University of Portsmouth

Libya: Haftar’s ‘Divide and Rule’ Plans on the Edge of the Sahel Rebecca Murray Freelance journalist

Providing Security in the Sahel: A ‘Traffic Jam’ of Military Interventions Signe M. Cold-Ravnkilde Danish Institute for International Studies

G5 Sahel: The Joint Struggle for Regional Stability Camillo Casola ISPI

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