This report analyses the links between violent extremism, illicit activities and local conflicts in the Liptako-Gourma region. Addressing regional instability in the long term requires empirical data that helps explain the local dynamics that fuel insecurity. This is the first of two reports, and is based on interviews conducted in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. The second report assesses the measures aimed at bringing stability to the region.
About the authors
The research for this report was conducted collaboratively by the authors – William Assanvo, Baba Dakono, Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni and Ibrahim Maïga – as well as by Oumarou Amadou, Youssouf Bâ and Boukary Sangaré, with support from Mahamoudou Savadogo, Cheickna Yaranangore, Assane Diallo, Moctar Tall, Ousmane Harouna Ibrahim, Oumarou Aboubacar Abdoul-Aziz, Djayouri Labiti Naloti, Nadia Adam, Aissatou Kanté, Adjiratou Diallo, Habibou Souley Bako and Bassirou Gaye.
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