Ahmedou Ould-Abdallahaouldabdallah@aol.com December 2010 Mr. Ould-Abdallah is the president of the Center for Strategy and Security in the Sahel Sahara (Centre4s). Previously, Mr. Ould-Abdallah was mediating in-residence for the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations.Before that, he was Special Representative UN Secretary-General for Somalia. From 2003-2007, Mr. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah was jointly Special Representative of
During an initial transition period of 12 to 18 months, Centre 4 S will be directed by a President. The President will be assisted by a Secretariat consisting of an Executive Administrator, responsible for the daily management of the Centre, and an Administrator, responsible for finance issues. National and regional experts will assist the President
The Center for Strategies and Security for the Sahel Sahara
The Center 4S
The Sahel Sahara Region
For easy understanding, in this note, the Sahel Sahara region is defined as follows. First, the hard core of the Sahara is the vast space cutting across the common borders of Algeria, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
The Centre4s expresses its deep concern over the brutal killing and the daring kidnapping of foreign nationals in northern Mali last week.
A not-for-profit organization named « Centre for Strategies on Security in the Sahel and Sahara » (Centre 4 S) is created for an initial period of five years.
The aim of Centre 4 S is to study, analyze and propose actions for current and future issues of interest to the states in the Sahel and the Sahara region, and to their international partners. The opportunities and challenges presented by the region, as well as the underlying risks and the threats, constitute the basis for Centre 4 S activities.
The main added value of Centre 4 S is to promote a pragmatic approach to the real problems affecting the life of the people and the future of the states in the region. Being rooted in the region, with geographic proximity and keen sensitivity to its challenges, Centre 4 S is a prime partner for governments and other institutions concerned by and interested in recent and future developments in the Sahel and Sahara.