News, Resources, Events and Vacancies (4/05/2021)


Sahel. L’héritage colonial des eaux et forêts, une arme aux mains des djihadistes –  Orient XXI

Chad facing hard choices as anxious allies ill-prepared – Chatham House

Protests erupt in N’Djamena as Chadians demand civilian rule – The Guardian

Tchad: la France et le G5 Sahel expriment leur soutien au «processus de transition civilo-militaire» –  RFI

Un rapport de la Cour des comptes critique la stratégie de la France au Sahel – Le Monde

Josep Borrell : « Au Sahel, nous avons peut-être signé trop de chèques en blanc » – Le Monde

Record 29 million in the Sahel in need of humanitarian assistance – Al Jazeera

Dans le delta du fleuve Niger, un peuple de pêcheurs à la confluence des maux sahéliens – Le Point

Béchir Ben Yahmed, fondateur de Jeune Afrique, est décédé – Jeune Afrique

Unpacking the EU’s New Sahel Strategy – Peacelab


What if France Ended Operation Barkhane?

Findings of the RAND Webinar on Operation Barkhane by Michael ShurkinSarah Grand-ClementPaola Fusaro

Read conference proceedings here

The UK’s Integrated Review: Implications for Africa-UK relations
Watch Chatham House video recording here


Afrobarometer UCT thematic seminar on conflict, violence and democratic governance hosted by the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa, University of Cape Town 31 May – 15 June

Afrobarometer is calling for expressions of interest to participate in this online seminar focusing on the analysis of data from recent surveys that record respondents’ fears, experiences, and preferred responses to criminal, partisan, or military violence.

For more information, please visit Afrobarometer website.


Royal African Society Vacancy: Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Africa (Part-time Maternity cover role for RAS Policy & Advocacy Manager)
For more information and to apply, please visit RAS website.
Deadline: Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 6 PM GMT

Weekly update and resources

  • France will not apologise for colonising Algeria although President Macron believes it was a crime against humanity.

Read more on The Times

  • French President Emmanuel Macron has signalled intention to reduce the 5,100-strong French military force fighting jihadis in the Sahel & sub-Saharan Africa.

Read more on The Financial Times

  • Algerian soldiers fired high-calibre rounds as part of an operation against the persistent threat of Islamist militants


  • 300 British troops begin missions in Mali, as part of UN peacekeeping force MINUSMA

Read more on The Independent