Russia moves in on the Sahel

Russia moves in on the Sahel

An even bigger problem for France and its Western allies could conceivably be as Russia moves in on Mali. The prospect of Russian intervention in the Sahel was first raised in October 2016 (See France, the US, Germany, and Russia stake claims in western Sahara) when...
Chad’s President Déby visits President Macron

Chad’s President Déby visits President Macron

This is an excerpt from an article taken from our monthly Sahara Focus publication. Chad’s President Idriss Déby Itno paid a secret visit on 11 July to France’s President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace. Journalists were only informed one hour before the meeting...
Governance crisis in Mali

Governance crisis in Mali

This is an excerpt from an article in this month’s Sahara Focus publication. Despite the military shortcomings, the fundamental problem in Mali, and the basis of its on-going crisis, is poor governance. An analysis of the public sector strikes that hit the...