Sifting Through the Layers of Insecurity in the Sahel: The Case of Mauritania

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 09/06/2011

By Cédric Jourde, Africa Center for Strategic Studies

mauritania_armyIncreasing narcotraffic and a more active AQIM are elevating concerns over instability in the Sahel. However, the region’s threats are more complex than what is observable on the surface. Rather, security concerns are typically characterized by multiple, competing, and fluctuating interests at the local, national, and regional levels. Effectively responding to these threats requires in-depth understanding of the multiple contextual layers in which illicit actors operate.

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