President Idriss Déby’s sudden death ushers in a dangerous new phase to Sahel geopolitics.
The Sahel was a standout in volatility in 2020, and the security outlook is set to worsen amid signs of a French pullout.
In the absence of a multilateral approach targeting transnational factors destabilizing the Sahel, even the best military intelligence won’t be enough to stem the tide of extremism.
Background on the worsening clashes between Al Qaeda and Islamic State’s regional affiliates in the Sahel.
COVID-19 is upending local security dynamics in some of the most vulnerable parts of Africa.
You may not have heard of JNIM, but you will soon. The group is inflaming local ethnic conflicts, killing peacekeepers, and pushing a vulnerable region closer to anarchy.
A course correction is needed if Mali is to avoid the same fate as Afghanistan.
Washington must look at the bigger picture if it wants to contain terrorism in the Sahel region.
Islamic State and Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb are locked in a fierce competition for one of the most lucrative frontiers of global jihad: West Africa.
Since early 2012, a violent conflict has been brewing in Mali, one that has forced the international community to consider whether or not this North African country is another Afghanistan in the making.