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Strains on the front line

Opération Pagnali signals a cross-national resolve to fight jihadists, but gaps in command and control may unsettle the G5's future

Important organisational and financial matters may remain unresolved, but the G5 Sahel countries' new joint military force is preparing to launch Opération Pagnali regardless. It w...

UN joins G-5 force

The intervention of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and last-minute wording tweaks finally enabled France to overcome United States and British caution and...

Colliding worlds

European officials are starting to see the links between their own political ructions and economic and security crises in the Sahel

A string of Islamist attacks in Mali and Niger are another reminder of the limitations of the efforts at political and security reform of the past five years. The latest thinking i...

EU ups security demands

Drugs and people-smuggling are rife, while jihadists mount terrorist attacks. Can the G-5 regional grouping make a difference?

Foreign ministers from the Sahel Group of Five – Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad – have just held a joint high-level meeting with United Nations officials in the mar...

Joining up security in the Sahel

Jobs for young men and good liaison across borders are vital to effective anti-jihadist action. But there are as many obstacles as there are initiatives

Regional and international moves to resist the jihadists – and to stifle their appeal – in the Sahel and Sahara regions are proliferating but enjoying far from smooth p...

How not to refill a lake

The Sahel’s only major body of water has shrunk to a fraction of its former size but one plan to save the lake is fraught with controversy

Lake Chad once sustained a large population through irrigation and fishing in Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Nigeria. Now, just a tenth of its former size, it is only a small lake strad...

Gadaffi’s bequest to region

A UN mission to Libya’s neighbours warns that the wave of returnees is increasing social tension and the risk of more terrorism

A report to the United Nations Security Council paints an alarming picture of Sahelian countries being severely stressed by the 420,000 returnees who have fled Libya since the begi...

Revolts change regional alliances

Incumbent regimes are reshaping their strategies to address the democracy wave and to maintain their anti-terror posture

As the ‘Arab Spring’ plays out across North Africa and the Middle East, the national uprisings are not only arousing new fear among ruling elites but also changing the shape of reg...

Storms in the sand

The EU is building a strategy to fight terrorism and crime on the fringes of the Sahara

The kidnapping of five French people on 16 September is a wake-up call to the European Union about crime in the Sahel belt – terrorism; the trade in drugs, arms and people; banditr...

Blaming each other

Everyone was warned about the food crisis but politicians ignored it

Quarrels between aid agencies, politicians and United Nations organisations continue as Niger 's people starve. As UN Secretary General Kofi Annan arrived in Niamey for talks with ...

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