Jihadists threaten the Gulf of Guinea

Jihadists threaten the Gulf of Guinea

Jihadist groups are increasingly threatening the Gulf of Guinea (source: Bloomberg) Counter-terrorist operations continue to grip much of the Sahel, namely Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso. But jihadist groups are now beginning to move southwards and gain ground in...
Sahel Podcast

Sahel Podcast

Jeremy Keenan, Menas’ Sahel expert, recently spoke at the ISOA-SCEG Stabilization and Security Conference on the political and security risks in the Sahel. From Mauritania to Sudan, Algeria to Burkina Faso, the vast Sahel covers an area that is almost as large...
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...