About the project

From Mauritania on the Atlantic Ocean to Sudan on the Red Sea, the countries of the Sahel face the challenge of maintaining and deepening democratic governance in the context of a deteriorating security environment. As the incidence of violence, including terrorist attacks, has risen, the region has become increasingly on the global agenda, with vital engagements underway to develop security partnerships, curtail trafficking and smuggling, manage humanitarian responses, and confront the vulnerabilities of climate change. Through reporting and analysis, the Africa Center’s Sahel Watch focuses renewed attention on this dynamic and strategic region.

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Nov 4, 2021

What future for the Western Sahel?

By Richard Cincotta and Stephen Smith

The Western Sahel is in a demographic impasse. To work their way out of this dilemma, Sahelian governments must shift a significant part of their development focus and funding to policies and programs aimed at preventing adolescent marriages and childbearing, promoting girls’ education, securing women’s participation in public- and private-sector workplaces, and achieving small, healthy, well-educated families.

Africa Energy & Environment

In the News

Oct 5, 2021

China Pathfinder report cited in South China Morning Post on the implications of decreased liberalization in China, for other market economies

By The GeoEconomics Center

Read the full article here. Read the report here.

Africa Digital Currencies

In the News

Sep 21, 2021

CBDC Tracker cited in Yahoo News on central bank digital currencies in Nigeria and Ghana

By The GeoEconomics Center

Read the full article here. Explore the CBDC tracker here.

Africa Digital Currencies

New Atlanticist

Aug 31, 2021

To build lasting peace, you can’t ignore militant groups

By Imran Bayoumi

Efforts to stabilize conflict-ridden countries sometimes fail in large part because of their inability to constructively engage armed non-state groups.

Afghanistan Africa

New Atlanticist

Aug 27, 2021

A cable from Mali: How to bring Bamako back from the brink

By Olivier-Rémy Bel, Petr Tůma

Against the backdrop of two coups, interethnic and terrorist violence moving south toward Bamako, and France shifting its posture in the Sahel, this could be the last chance to stabilize Mali.

Africa Conflict