Crisis In The Sahel: After Mali What Next?

Over the last few years a crisis has been brewing in the whole of the Sahel, not only in Mali. All the ingredients for an explosion where there: poorly or ungoverned vast territories, lack of effective governance, pervasive corruption, traffic and trafficking in drugs and cigarettes, irregular migrations and armed islamist radicals. At the epicentre of the Sahel crisis is Mali. Its neighbours are, however, not immune from the contagion.


Briefing by Ahmedou ould Abdallah, President of Centre 4S 11 July, 11th 2012 in Nouakchott (Mauritania)

The briefing took place in Nouakchott, while the chiefs of staff from Algeria, Mali, Mauritania and Niger were meeting in the Mauritanian capital. At the same time, during a meeting in Algiers, the Foreign Ministers of the Maghreb adopted a common position regarding the strengthening of security measures in response to the crisis in Mali. In the field, the MNLA seems to have been taken out of the military scene, while ECOWAS has toughen its position towards the Junta in Bamako which does not yield anything, but tacks with the formation of a Special Force for the Protection of personalities.


Mali: most recent events since January 2012:


The situation in the Sahel Sahara and especially in Mali is moving fast. As a consequence, an increasing number of countries, organizations and individuals are paying more and more attention to the Sahel Sahara. To contribute to the understanding of the Touareg question the Centre4s has prepared the following summary.



For A Collective Action in the Sahel



On the occasion of the first anniversary of the creation of the Center for Security Policy in the Sahel Sahara Region, the President of Centre4S, Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, calls upon neighbors’ Sates in the Sahel towards a quick and lasting resolution of the crisis in Mali.



The Sahel and the Malian Paradox


Today, the greatest threat, and the worse difficult consequences to contain it, is not located in the Northern part of Mali, as one could legitimately think, but paradoxically, in the South and more specifically in Bamako.