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West Africa

Toward a regional response to fragility, conflict, and violence in West Africa: ‘Think Regionally and Act Locally’ (Nicolas Perrin and Aly Rahim, Brookings)

The deteriorating security situation in some of West Africa’s most neglected and climate-vulnerable borderlands, such as the Lake Chad region or the Liptako-Gourma region, is alarming by any standard. In a geographical area comparable in size to France, organized crime and nonstate armed groups are increasing their influence and seizing power.

Toward a regional response to fragility, conflict, and violence in West Africa: ‘Think Regionally and Act Locally’ (brookings.edu)

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Sahel West Africa

35.8 million face lean season food crisis in West Africa and Sahel (UN News)

Growing food insecurity that is already affecting tens of millions of people across West Africa and the Sahel, must not be ignored by the international community, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

35.8 million face lean season food crisis in West Africa and Sahel | | UN News

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Is a military solution in West Africa the only way out? (Al Jazeera)

There is anger against France in West Africa at what protesters say is the flawed relationship between French armed forces and their African allies.

Two people were killed and others injured in Niger last month when demonstrators tried to block a military supply convoy of more than 100 vehicles on its way to Mali.

Protest organisers complain local forces are under-equipped and suffering disproportionate losses compared with their French allies in frequent attacks by armed groups.

Protesters say those groups, often linked to the ISIL (ISIS) group and al-Qaeda, continue to operate despite years of French military operations.

Has the military mission failed?

Presenter: Halla Mohieddeen

Guests:

Aser Tiemtore – Member of the Coalition of the African Patriots of Burkina Faso

Jacques Reland – Senior research fellow at The Global Policy Institute

Adama Gaye – Political commentator specialising in the Sahel and West Africa

Is a military solution in West Africa the only way out? | News | Al Jazeera