Africa Security Brief No. 15

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

By Cédric Jourde

September 30, 2011

Mauritanian Soldiers After the Coup . Photo Magharebia
Increasing narcotrafficking and a more active Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb 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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