Extremism and conflict in Liptako-Gourma


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Weak governance, local conflicts and violent extremism are intertwined in Liptako-Gourma. In the most recent attack on 13 August in Ouagadougou, 19 people were killed. The joint regional force of the G5 Sahel will be deployed in a complex security environment. In Mali, considered the epicenter of the crisis, tensions grew during debates on the revision of the constitution. The prospect of the 2018 presidential election also raises many questions.

This seminar will discuss current security dynamics in the Liptako-Gourma region and political challenges facing the upcoming presidential election in Mali.

Chair: Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni, Office Director, ISS Dakar


Baba Dakono, Researcher, ISS Dakar

Ibrahim Maïga, Researcher, ISS Dakar