Migrant crisis builds up in Niger’s city of Agades

Migrant crisis builds up in Niger’s city of Agades

Over the years Agades, the largest city in central Niger, has become the main hub in the Sahel for migrants wishing to make the immense and dangerous journey to the Mediterranean coast and then on to Europe. But the city is now the centre of a more complex reverse...
Mali’s army under charges of human rights abuse

Mali’s army under charges of human rights abuse

General Francois Lecointre, Chief of Staff of the French armed forces, recently told the Defence Committee of France’s National Assembly that it would take 10-15 years for France to resolve Mali’s security problems, with the caveat of: ‘if we can’. While this is a...
Why Burkina Faso is being attacked?

Why Burkina Faso is being attacked?

The attacks on the French Embassy and local army headquarters in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, earlier this month have been linked to extremist violence. Iyad ag Ghali’s Groupe pour le soutien de l’islam et des musulmans (GSIM) — which claimed...
China contemplates military support for G5S

China contemplates military support for G5S

The Sahel has entered 2018 with a shifted geopolitical focus. But interests of countries, like China, that have increased links to the Sahel over the December 2017 – January 2018 period are more inspired by political opportunism, than altruistic factors, or an...