News – The Sahel Crisis

Dialogue with Islamists

Return of the army to the north

Insecurity and attacks

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Insights – The Sahel Crisis

February again saw more than 600 conflict-related fatalities, with the lion's share distributed between Mali (311) and Burkina Faso (235). The past three months have been the three deadliest of the Sahel crisis, with no signs of the violence abating.

Both security forces and armed groups continue to target civilians, often based on perceived ethnic allegiances and in retaliation for prior attacks. → Read the rest “Insights – The Sahel Crisis”

Sahel Crisis Reports and Analysis

Burkina Faso: Stopping the Spiral of Violence
International Crisis Group
The proliferation of armed groups and the expanding footprint of jihadist groups fuelled violence in Burkina Faso in 2019. The government should adopt a more integrated approach to security and tackle the crisis in rural areas by resolving land disputes. (2020-02-24)

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What is France up to in its former colonies?

The essentials: On Monday, French President Macron hosted his five Sahelian counterparts in the French town of Pau. In the run-up to the summit, Macron found harsh words for the anti-French protests in those same countries, threatening to pull out French troops fighting Islamists in the Sahel. In December, he also announced together with Ivorian President Ouattara that the West African CFA would transition to a new currency called Eco, signaling a less prominent role of France in African monetary policy. → Read the rest “What is France up to in its former colonies?”