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The juntas take on the civilian presidents

The Sahelian military leaders launched  their summit in Niamey, a day before the Ecowas block held its own summit in neighbouring Nigeria

The fragility of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) was evident at a leaders’ summit in Niamey where the Alliance des États du Sahel (AES) – ...


Ecowas buckles as it goes for regional unity

Facing a break-up, the West African bloc drops the sanctions with which it was pressuring the Sahel putschists to restore civil rule

Playing on their popular support on West Africa's streets amid growing dissent, the Sahel's putschist regimes have exposed the weakness of the leaders of the Economic Community of ...

The region on the rack

Double standards on governance rules are straining the credibility of the Ecowas bloc

Facing multiple challenges to their authority, West African leaders are trying to dampen down what seem to be mutually reinforcing crises for their regional organisation. On 28 Jan...

General Tiani opens the bidding

After calling regional leaders' bluff over military action, Niamey's putschists say they are ready to negotiate

Serious negotiations to take Niger forward from the crisis born of the 26 July coup are at last under way after the Niamey putschists met with the envoys from the Economic Communit...

A coup foretold but not averted

Facing harsh sanctions and military action by the Economic Community of West African States the junta is cracking down on its domestic foes

The political class in Niamey and sundry intelligence sources had been speculating about the possibility of President Mohamed Bazoum's overthrow for months. There had been grumblin...


The colonels and captains settle in

Beset by jihadist insurgents, the juntas in Mali and Burkina Faso are shakier than Guinea – but none offer long-term answers to their countries' problems

The military juntas running Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso – in place since August 2020, September 2021, and January 2022 respectively – are set, according to their own timetables,...

Leaders favour new CFA franc plan

Political and financial imperatives are driving reform of the CFA zone but may be stymied by an international economic slowdown

After being put on hold during the pandemic, plans to reform the CFA franc zone are back on the agenda in West Africa. These plans are unfolding as criticism of France's economic a...

Doublethink in Ecowas

Under fire from putschists and civilian dissidents, the regional body is trying to draw up new rules on term limits

Two coups in Mali in less than 10 months, a failed putsch on the eve of the inauguration of Niger's President in April, and now the overthrow of Alpha Condé in Guinea. These are th...

'Eco'-logical concerns

The mooted new West African currency stands no chance of success unless its architects persuade Abuja to join

Francophone West African countries' decision to convert their CFA franc into a first version of the 'eco', a planned single currency for the whole region, has sparked furious criti...

Poor turnout in Dakar

It was supposed to be a showcase of West African determination to tackle jihadism but few governments bothered to show up

This was meant to be President Macky Sall's moment. The second Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa was held on 9 and 10 November at the King Fahd Palace Hotel...

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