Preventing Violent Extremism in Burkina Faso: Toward National Resilience Amid Regional Insecurity

By Augustin Loada and Peter Romaniuk, Global Center on Cooperative Security
June 30, 2014

The Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou. Photo: zenman

Although Burkina Faso has remained relatively peaceful and stable in an insecure region where violent extremism has undermined security, structural challenges within the country—such as endemic corruption, religious tension and chronic underdevelopment—render the country vulnerable to extremism. The Burkinabé government, civil society and stakeholder states should seek to nurture resilience by promoting development and community engagement and thus prevent the spread of violent extremism into the country.

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Security Topics: Countering Violent Extremism