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Between 2013 and 2017 terrorist attacks, largely circumscribed to the Sahel-Saharan band, multiplied and gradually expanded south towards West African coastal countries. Increasing attention is now being placed on the risks of terrorist-related security challenges extending to the Gulf of Guinea countries.
Within this context, the Conseil de l’Entente – an organisation comprising Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Togo – in partnership with the Dakar Office of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of Switzerland organised a workshop in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire to exchange experiences and analysis of the security situation in the Entente area. The meeting brought together political actors, civil society and experts in order to exchange knowledge and achieve a better understanding of violent extremism in the Entente area. This allowed the various states to become aware of the need to invest in the prevention of violent extremism.