Regional Security Cooperation in the Maghreb and Sahel: Algeria’s Pivotal Ambivalence

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 02/08/2012

By Laurence Aïda Ammour, Africa Center for Strategic Studies | February 2012

Despite growing concerns across the Sahel and Maghreb over the increasing potency of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the diffusion of heavily armed mercenaries from Libya, the expanding influence of arms and drugs trafficking, and the widening lethality of Boko Haram, regional security cooperation to address these transnational threats remains fragmented. Algeria is well-positioned to play a central role in defining this cooperation, but must first reconcile the complex domestic, regional, and international considerations that shape its decision-making.

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