Tag Sahel

Interview with Federica Mogherini: No conditionality, but partnership on Migration with Africa

Brussels – The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has granted an exclusive interview to and partner African media outlets. After her recent visit to the Sahel, she explains how, in her view, terrorism, security, migration, investment and sustainable development are interconnected in the region. She talks about the latest initiatives to help the sub-region combat all forms of religious hatred and address migration and development challenges, under the Sahel G5-EU cooperation partnership, and offers an in-depth analysis of the situation in Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and neighbouring countries.

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Jihadism in Africa and the counter radicalization Moroccan model

Marrakech – International terrorism and Jihadism are issues and challenges that undermine stability and the wellbeing of the African continent. In fact, more than 70 terrorist attacks took place resulting in more than 1500 victims in one year. But what characterize Jihadism in Africa? How can we fight against this threat? Read the analysis of Prof. Mohammed Benhammou, President of the Moroccan Centre for Strategic Studies (CMES).

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The growth of Islamism in Mauritania: should western allies worry

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania routinely portrays itself as a committed ally in the fight against Islamic extremism in the Sahel. The country participates in the ongoing UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

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Interview with M. Issoufou, President of Niger: “Poverty remains the main ally of Jidahists”

Bruxelles – “No ransom was ever paid”. President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou denies the persistent rumors regarding the alleged payment of a  €20 million  ransom to the kidnappers of French hostages released in October after two years of captivity. President Issoufou, in this interview with Afronline and Sahel media during his Brussels visit to participate in the European Development Days, reiterated “the need to join forces on security measures and to act at regional level to face common threats”.

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EU-USA: so close, so far from Sahel

Brussels – In an interview with and Sahel media, Bérangère Rouppert, a researcher in the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP, based in Brussels), gave an update of the situation in Sahel, talking in particular about the strategies adopted by the United States and the European Union in the region and their impact among local and regional actors. The ambitions put forward by the international community could “lead to disappointment as soon as results are not obtained quickly or according to the initial expectations,” claims Rouppert.

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Interview. Antonin Tisseron: “Libya, the new sanctuary for terrorism in the Sahel”

Following Operation Serval in Mali and in the absence of any control over Libyan territory by Tripoli, Libya has become the new sanctuary for terrorists in the Sahel. This is the opinion of numerous experts in the region, including Antonin Tisseron, a research fellow at the Thomas More Institute in Paris. In an interview with and African media, this specialist in security issues and the fight against terrorism in the Maghreb and Sahel mentioned the “lack of coordination” between the two regions and particularly the ambiguous role of Algeria in the Sahel crisis.

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