Can Europe Stabilise the Sahel?

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Series Details Number 137
Publication Date April/May 2021
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The Sahel – made up of the G5 Sahel Alliance countries, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania – is a strategic priority for Europe. As well as hosting jihadist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and IS, the region is the source or transit route for large numbers of migrants heading for Europe. France in particular is worried that jihadist organisations could sponsor domestic terrorism, or attack French-owned uranium mines in Niger. But the Sahel is also important to Europe’s credibility as a crisis manager: it has established a geopolitically significant presence there that it lacks in other areas of conflict in its neighbourhood, such as Libya and Syria. Europe must now demonstrate that it can help resolve complex problems in its own backyard.

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CER Policy Brief: March 2021: The Sahel: Europe's Forever War

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