The scramble for the Sahel

The scramble for the Sahel

1st September 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the collapse of Gadaffi’s regime in Libya , the balance of power in the region  has been upset creating a  dangerous vacuum in which armed non – state actors have flourished. As such, North  Africa and  t he  Sahel region are still home to significant security concerns. This threat is not limited to countries  lying within the Sahel but extends overseas towards Europe , and specifically countries with vested interests in the  region such as France. Recent  attacks  have pointed towards a re – escalation of violence in Mali in addition to hard – line rhetoric from militias still operational after the French intervention in 2013 . Analyzing the latest developments there is a need to focus on jihadist groups such as Al – Mourabitoun and Ansar  A l – Dine that  have become increasingly vocal about resurging violence in the region.  Meanwhile as global terrorist  franchises such as Al – Qeada (AQ) and the Islamic state (IS) try to  secure their grip over various groups the threat  placed on local governments and key international actors  is also of interest.

 

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