Sahel Sahara: crises in the crisis.

Over the last ten years, the Sahel crisis has steadily taken root in and spread beyond the region. Having become structural, it is far from having reached its peak, especially in Mali, its epicenter. Its human, material and political damage are aggravated by the continuous disintegration of societies, economies and administrations while social networks, « conspirators » or not, make it a boon for young people dreaming of great adventures.

Through its fallouts, obviously now more diplomatic and unsurprisingly more publicized the crisis is evident far from the Sahel (in the Maghreb and in Moscow), thus fueling other crises and inter states power struggles. Similar to the now uncontrollable Libya situation, partly linked to its origin, but also to those always murderous Lake Chad crises.

Sahel: french african tensions.

Dear friends,

With Security Council ongoing visit to Mali with Keynia its current chair and Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere, of France, there are no alternative to optimism.

The present visit comes at an interesting though turbulent time of multiple tensions.

Ahmedou Ould Abdallah

President of Centre4s

The Sahel: and Afghanistan?

A surprise or a signal of our times? Beyond the enormous dissimilarities – geographical, historical and military – separating the two regions, American withdrawal from Afghanistan in the face of the  Taliban success, is as closely followed in the Sahel as in countries more directly concerned. The various armed groups, linked or not to AQIM, or Al Qaeda in the Maghreb, cannot contain their exaltations there. Their morale is at the zenith and the certainty that, that of their enemies is at the bottom, invigorates them even more.



Sahel: in search for new strategies?

Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, the most exposed countries of the G5 Sahel to terrorism, have been facing repeated attacks since this year beginning. It is in this worrying context that the French president announced on 10 June, the “end of Operation Barkhane”, and a strategic partner in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel. The silence surrounding that statement indicates that, on both sides, time has come to seek new avenues to overcome the jihadist scourge.



Violence in western Cameroun A brief Abstract, see French original:

The auto-proclamation of the Federal State of Ambazonia by Siséku Ayuk on 1 October, 2017 in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon (Noso in French) may give rise to a secessionist terrorist insurgency in this part of the national territory. To face it, Cameroon will avoid entering a total or absolute war against the protagonists. It has chosen to invest in a proactive law and order policy. On that matter, its strategies and tactics were of a specific nature.

This paper attempts to theorize these strategies around the concept of ‘’cowboy security model’’. That concept is established around a systematic reading grid specific to the art of asymmetric wars, that is to say strategic intelligence in anti-terrorism, counterterrorism and secessionist counter-insurgency operations. Its empirical basis rests on the practical operationalization of Cameroon security forces strategies.