News, Resources & Upcoming Events (26/04/2021)

News and Reports

Will events in Chad force a reset of Sahel strategy? –

Mort d’Idriss Déby : “la France perd un allié très important” dans le Sahel –

Rebels threaten to march on capital as Chad reels from president’s battlefield death –  Reuters

Niger: The African Commission must act for a human rights approach in the African Union’s handling of the political and security situation –

Sahel : l’Algérie et le Niger accordent leurs violons –

Gérard Araud – La France devrait s’inspirer de l’Amérique et quitter le Sahel –

Burkina Faso : « Juger Blaise Compaoré n’ajoutera pas à l’instabilité » –

Mali: Killings, ‘Disappearances’ in Military Operations – Human Rights Watch

Mali sets February date for presidential, parliamentary elections –


In 2017 the Government of Rwanda retained the Washington DC law firm of Levy Firestone Muse LLP to investigate the role of the French government in connection with the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda that left more than 800,000 dead. The Muse Investigation report was submitted to the Government of Rwanda on 19 April 2021. It concludes that the French government bears “significant responsibility for enabling a foreseeable genocide”.

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Update & Resources on West Africa

  • Niger: American hostage rescued by US special forces

An American hostage kidnapped in Niger has been freed in a raid by US special forces.

Philip Walton was abudcted from a village close to the border with Nigeria by men armed with AK47s on motorbikes.

BBC reports that with jihadist and criminal groups known to operate in the Sahel area, at least six hostages are thought to be held captive.

  • Turning the Authoritarian Tide: Strategies For Transforming Securitisation

Watch a global debate by the Security Policy Alternatives Network (SPAN) & the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftun, on current trends in peace, security and human rights and prospects for adopting security policy alternatives.

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  • The African Soldiers of the First World War

RUSI online conversation with the Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP and Professor Michèle Barrett on the forgotten African soldiers who fought for Britain in the First World War.

Date: 11 November 2020
Time: 1600 GMT

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