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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Guinea/West Africa. The fall of Alpha Condé’s regime in Guinea: A critical appraisal (Rajen Harshé, ORF)

The military coup d’état in Guinea on the 5th of September, 2021 and the consequent ouster as well as arrest of the 83-year-old former President Alpha Condé is a significant development in the politics of the west African region. Col. Mamady Doumouya, Head of the Special Task Force, seized power and dissolved the constitution. Condé, according to his […]

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West Africa – Is West Africa ready for a single currency? (Brookings)

Aloysius Uche Ordu, Ali Zafar, and Jan Muench write: Since the early 2000s, the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been pursuing a common currency agenda, centered on the “eco,” with the intention of reducing barriers to doing business across the region and increasing trade overall. While the implementation of the new currency has […]

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(West Africa/New Ebola Outbreak) International Red Cross Issues Emergency Appeal to Prevent New Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (VoA)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is appealing for $9.4 million to fund efforts to prevent a new Ebola outbreak from spreading across West Africa. https://www.voanews.com/africa/international-red-cross-issues-emergency-appeal-prevent-new-ebola-outbreak-west-africa