At the recent African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa some countries complained about the way decisions on AU reforms had been made.
Leaders decided, among other measures, that September would be amnesty month for those possessing illegal weapons.
The new joint force for the Sahel is destined to step in where UN troops and France’s Operation Barkhane have so far failed.
Liptako-Gourma, the border region between Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, is the area of particular focus for the G5-Sahel.
ISS expert Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni tells the PSC Report that youth in the Sahel join jihadist groups for many reasons other than nancial or religious considerations.
Global partnerships are crucial, but the future is uncertain and money is tight.