Preventing violent extremism in West Africa’s Conseil de l’Entente states

Extremist threats on the borders of Gulf of Guinea countries require national and regional strategies.

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Violent extremism poses a growing threat to countries bordering on the Sahel such as Benin, Togo and Côte d'Ivoire. The risks of insecurity spreading to countries in the Gulf of Guinea requires special attention. In May this year, members of the early warning cells in the governments of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, and Togo met to exchange lessons on how to prevent extremism in the region.

This public roundtable, hosted jointly with the Conseil de l’Entente, the Institute for Security Studies, and the Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, follows up on that meeting. It will share the conclusions reached with government representatives, civil society and partners based in Abidjan. The roundtable will also discuss multidimensional strategies to prevent extremism.

Participation in this event is by invitation only.

Chair: HE Abdoulaye Mohamadou, Deputy Executive Secretary, Conseil de l’Entente


Issa D Moko, Director, Department of Political Cooperation for Peace and Security, Conseil de l'Entente

Vassiriki Traoré, National Intelligence Coordinator, Office of the Presidency, Côte d'Ivoire

Colonel Ousmane Traoré, Governor, Eastern Region, Governorate of Fada-N'Gourma, Burkina Faso

Ayité Marcel Baglo, Director General, Agence Béninoise de Gestion Intégrée des Espaces Frontaliers, Benin

Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni, Director, Institute of Security Studies, Sénégal

Development partners
This event is funded by the Conseil de l’Entente and the Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union and the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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