The Sahel

Post-Déby Chad: Instability on Every Border

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President Idriss Déby’s sudden death ushers in a dangerous new phase to Sahel geopolitics.

French Retrenchment Sends the Sahel into a Spiral

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The Sahel was a standout in volatility in 2020, and the security outlook is set to worsen amid signs of a French pullout.

The Limits of Military Intelligence in the Sahel

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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.

Islamic State and Al-Qaeda Clash in the Sahel

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Background on the worsening clashes between Al Qaeda and Islamic State’s regional affiliates in the Sahel.

Peace in a Pandemic: Containing Africa’s Conflicts

BurkinaFasoFlintlock2019, Members of the Burkinabe honor guard stand ready to be called to attention before the opening ceremony of Flintlock 2019, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Flintlock is an annual African-led, integrated military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner nation forces throughout North and West Africa as well as western special operations forces since 2005. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 (SW/AW) Evan Parker / released),

COVID-19 is upending local security dynamics in some of the most vulnerable parts of Africa.

JNIM: The New Terrorist Threat from the Sahel


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.

Mali Crisis: A Historical Perspective of the Azawad Movement

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A course correction is needed if Mali is to avoid the same fate as Afghanistan.

America’s Self-Defeating Sahel Strategy

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Washington must look at the bigger picture if it wants to contain terrorism in the Sahel region.

Al-Qaeda and Islamic State Vie for Supremacy in West Africa

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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.

Backgrounder: Mali Conflict

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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.

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