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The Sahel

A selection of Africa Center analysis of the ongoing security challenges in the Sahel, current security responses, and priorities for establishing peace and stability.

Strategies for Peace and Security in the Sahel

Video   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on September 27, 2019

The Sahel is the African region that has seen the most rapid growth in violent extremist activity over the past 2 years. Ambassadors of the G-5 Sahel countries and leading experts examine the drivers and responses to the region's security challenges.

EU Security Strategy in Sahel Focused on Security-Development Nexus

Video   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on March 7, 2019

EU Special Representative to the Sahel Angel Losada Fernandez discusses Europe's security strategy in the region, which focuses on integrating development, security, and governance in coordination with African actors on the ground, in this interview with the Africa Center.

A Review of Major Regional Security Efforts in the Sahel

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on March 4, 2019

Increased attacks from militant Islamist groups in the Sahel coupled with cross-border challenges such as trafficking, migration, and displacement have prompted a series of regional and international security responses.

Militant Islamist Group Activity in the Sahel Rises

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on October 29, 2018

Expansion of violent events linked to an array of militant Islamist groups in the Sahel highlights the growing scope of security challenges facing this region.

The G5 Sahel Joint Force Gains Traction

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on February 9, 2018

The G5 Sahel is ramping up its joint security force in order to address the growing threat posed by militant Islamist groups in the Sahel. The Force is emerging as a focal point for transnational security efforts in the region.

Militancy and the Arc of Instability: Violent Extremism in the Sahel

Video   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on September 28, 2016

Violent extremist organizations have expanded their ambitions, capacities, and geographical reach into the Sahel and West Africa, creating an arc of instability across the region. The Africa Center’s Benjamin Nickels joined a panel experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies to discuss the continuing challenges facing the Sahel.

Additional Reading on Sahel Security Trends

Recommended research   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on February 19, 2016

Speaking with the “Bad Guys”: Toward Dialogue with Central Mali’s Jihadists By International Crisis Group, May 28, 2019 The level of violence in Central Mali is higher than anywhere else in the country. Thousands of civilians have been killed since 2015. The conflict between the state and the Katiba Macina has reached a stalemate but... Continue Reading

Africa Center’s Dr. Jebnoun Highlights Key Security Issues in the Sahel

Spotlight   published by Serge Yondou on March 7, 2014

Dr. Noureddine Jebnoun, an Africa Center faculty member who focuses on governance and security in North Africa and the Sahel, authored an article titled “Changing Security Dynamics in North Africa and Western Sahel,” recently published in the Portuguese Journal of International Affairs, No. 8 (Spring/Summer 2014). In the article, Dr. Jebnoun provides an overview of... Continue Reading