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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Population: 22.1m
GDP: $19.74bn
Debt: 59.3% of GDP (2023 forecast)

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Backs to the wall

The speed of the jihadists’ campaign has caught the government off-guard and exposed the woeful inadequacy of the security forces

This year the country has experienced more violent attacks in six months than the whole of the previous three years, causing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes while the arm...


Putschists put away

After an 18-month trial, the Military Tribunal in Ouagadougou has handed down heavy sentences to the ringleaders and accomplices of the failed military coup in September 2015.


Gag on security reporting

Burkina Faso's National Assembly voted in a new law on 21 June heavily restricting freedom of speech. Human rights organisations and press freedom advocates are up in arms. Under A...


Between Blaise and jihad

Party manoeuvring for elections in 2020 coexists with intercommunal slaughter in rural areas. Then the deposed president turns up

While the jihadists register notable successes and violence increases, attention begins to turn towards the conventional politicians and what they can offer the people in the elect...


Jihad's shifting fronts

Increasing the resources available to anti-jihad forces is having little effect on the growth in attacks and militant cells

Jihadism was concentrated in northern Mali at the time of the launch of Opération Serval, France's emergency military campaign to stop jihadist columns pushing south in 2013. Sinc...


Attacks spur ethnic violence

A wave of jihadist attacks and retaliatory measures by the army is shaking up politics and endangering social stability. Prime Minister Paul Kaba Tieba and his government resigned ...


Adieu à Françafrique

The investigation of Vincent Bolloré highlights how the old business networks are losing influence in French former colonies

When the French billionaire industrialist Vincent Bolloré was placed under formal investigation by Paris prosecutors on suspicion of bribing foreign officials in Africa, commentato...


New jihadist alliance strikes

The Islamist attack on the French embassy and military HQ in Ouagadougou left many asking questions about poor security

The 2 March terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou left the wall outside the French embassy riddled with bullet holes, partly wrecked the building of the État-major général des armées (E...


Splits and fusions

A weak President and gaffe-prone ministers seem ill-equipped to tackle pressing issues of regional instability and economic stagnation

Security minister Simon Compaoré's latest performance was anything but impressive. He was filmed, late one October night, brandishing a Kalashnikov in the house of Ladji Coulibaly,...


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