The Africa Center recently released its latest Africa Security Brief, “West Africa’s Growing Terrorist Threat: Confronting AQIM’s Sahelian Strategy” by Dr. Modibo Goїta.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has undertaken increasingly frequent and effective attacks in the past year, posing a dangerous and growing threat in Africa’s Sahel region. Reversing this trend presents a particularly complex challenge as AQIM has simultaneously strengthened ties to local communities and regional criminal networks. Efforts to counter AQIM will require collaborative region-wide strategies that feature complementary security and development initiatives.
Dr. Goїta is a Professor at the Alioune Blondin Beye Peacekeeping School in Bamako, Mali, and serves on the Executive Committee of Community Chapter in Mali.