Addressing insecurity in the Sahel

This seminar considers how the various peace and security initiatives in the region have fared.

The Sahel currently epitomises the myriad of challenges facing the African continent. Along with rising violent extremism, the region grapples with transnational organised crime, drought, localised conflict over natural resources, and more recently the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
As insecurity is moving beyond the Group of 5 Sahel countries into littoral states in West Africa, it is worth reviewing the state of the region and how various peace and security initiatives have fared. This conversation brings together policymakers to share their perspectives on human security in the Sahel and West Africa. 

NOTE: This event will have live interpretation from English to French and French to English

Chair: Dr Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni, Regional Director, ISS Office in West Africa, the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin 

  • HE Pierre Buyoya, AU High Representative for Mali and the Sahel
  • Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel 
  • HE Abdoulaye Mohamed, Deputy Executive Secretary, Conseil de l’Entente
Development partners
This event is funded by the Government of Netherlands. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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