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Title: Jihadism in Mali and the Sahel: evolving dynamics and patterns
Author: Raineri, Luca
Strazzari, Francesco
Publisher: European Union Institute for Security Studies, 2017
Series/Date: EUISS Brief No.21, June 2017
Source Origin: EU
Source Type: Blog/Journal/Series
Notes: The Sahel is a crisis polygon. Following the French intervention in Mali in 2013, this vast and sparsely inhabited region has seen the gradual resurgence and the realignment of jihadist armed groups that have extended their operational range further south – across northwest African borders, where they interfere in and interact with already existing conflicts – and increased the challenges for regional stability.

Growing levels of insecurity and banditry, partly triggered also by Bamako’s playing realignment and repositioning games among local groups, are ultimately beneficial to jihadists. By sitting on the fence, jihadists can appear as an effective alternative source of assistance, protection and dispute resolution – both political and economic – to disempowered segments of the population.
Source URL: http://publications.europa.eu/s/c841
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Keywords: EUISS - Mali - Unrest - Governance failures - - Algiers Accords / Accord / Process - Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali - G5 Sahel - Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad / CMA - Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin / Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims / JNIM - Operation Barkhane - Jihadist insurgency - EUCAP Sahel Mali - G5 Sahel Summit, Bamako, Mali, 2 July 2017
Subjects:  18.3.c - Terrorism: International dimension
 18.13.b - Other African countries
Geographic Indicators:  European Union
 France: External
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