US troops depart the Sahel as terrorism rises

US troops depart the Sahel as terrorism rises

US troop withdrawal from the Sahel concerns some local stakeholders. However, the US’ drone strategy is expanding in the region There is widespread anxiety about the withdrawal of US troops amongst many of the local military commanders in the Sahel. It comes at...
The precarious future of President Idriss Déby

The precarious future of President Idriss Déby

In spite of his track record as one of Africa’s most dictatorial leaders, Chadian President Idriss Deby has been a strategic partner of France for many years The future of President Idriss Déby is looking increasingly precarious. The dictatorial ruler faces...
Niger-Benin oil export pipeline to Cotonou

Niger-Benin oil export pipeline to Cotonou

Niger has opted to export its oil via a 2,000 kms pipeline from the fields in the Agadem Basin to Benin’s port of Cotonou The bilateral agreement on the oil export pipeline project between Niger and Benin — signed on 23 January 2019 — is a decisive step forward...
Chad’s regime is tested by internal conflict

Chad’s regime is tested by internal conflict

Conflict in the north puts Chad’s dictatorial regime to the test If Chad’s regime have been given a temporary bail-out by France — with €50 million (US$57 million) to the government to pay civil servant salaries for December — they are likely to be further...
No ‘Happy New Year’ for the Sahel

No ‘Happy New Year’ for the Sahel

MINUSMA peacekeeping troops are one part of the military response to the Sahel’s political and socioeconomic problems As 2019 gets underway, the risks for most Sahel countries point to further deterioration in political instability, insecurity and increasing...