Russia’s Wagner Group in the Sahel

Russia’s Wagner Group in the Sahel

Much of the news from the Sahel is coloured by developments in Russia’s war against Ukraine and the impact on the region. The two news items that have been most coloured by Russia’s invasion are: the presence of the Kremlin-linked Wagner Group mercenaries in Mali; and...
Pessimism in western Sahel but better news

Pessimism in western Sahel but better news

If Mali does go ahead with its deal with the Kremlin-linked Wagner Group to supply Russian mercenaries, it will come at a high, and possibly unaffordable, financial, and military price.  Financially, the country is not only likely to be subjected to widespread...
The Sahel’s short-term future

The Sahel’s short-term future

Following the regime’s lethal gun attack on the 11 July peaceful demonstration, the way in which Mali’s political crisis develops will have serious implications for the entire West African and Sahelian regions. If President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK) is forced to...