Niger: Threat of an army coup?

Niger: Threat of an army coup?

There is an extraordinary parallel between Niger’s current defence ministry corruption  scandal and those in Mali which led to the 2012 coup d’état. In Mali the army was quickly put to flight by the Tuareg rebels and Islamists because it was ill equipped and, in...
Light at the end of the tunnel in the Sahel?

Light at the end of the tunnel in the Sahel?

The latest issue of Menas Associates’ Sahara Focus monthly reports concentrates on how France can redress the escalating negative perceptions of its activities in the region. We believe that if this is done it is possible that the Sahel could finally begin to reverse...
Who are Operation Barkhane’s victims?

Who are Operation Barkhane’s victims?

The root of the failure of France’s Operation Barkhane in the Sahel is Paris’ inability to understand not just the political stakes but also the motivations that push hundreds of young people to join jihadism. Since France sent its troops to Mali in January 2013,...