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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May 1, 2024

With Africa’s minerals in demand, Russia and the US each offer what the other can’t

By Alexander Tripp

African countries must choose wisely between the United States and Russia in their search for a partner on critical minerals.

Africa Economy & Business

Blog Post

Apr 12, 2024

State of the Order: Continuing challenges to the world order raise the urgency for Gaza ceasefire and Ukraine aid

The State of the Order breaks down the month’s most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Africa Economy & Business

New Atlanticist

Feb 28, 2024

Prime Minister Succès Masra on Chad’s democratic transition and regional challenges

By Daniel Hojnacki

Speaking at the Atlantic Council, Masra outlined the transitional government’s priorities for building stronger and more inclusive democratic institutions.

Democratic Transitions North & West Africa

In the News

Aug 18, 2023

Rethinking Stability: Key findings and actionable recommendations

By Will Bennett, Riccardo Vinci, Anca Agachi, and Leah Scheunemann

Based on five private dialogues on three continents, in-depth desk and country research, and discussions with circa 1000 policy makers, academics, practitioners, and conflict-affected citizens, this final paper sets out the project’s key lessons and suggests actionable recommendations for how the field of stabilization can improve.

Africa Conflict

New Atlanticist

Aug 10, 2023

Did the Niger coup just succeed? And other questions answered about what’s next in the Sahel

By Atlantic Council experts

While ECOWAS has ordered the activation of a “standby force,” it has sent a mixed message about intervening. Meanwhile, the military junta in Niger has declared a new government.

Africa Conflict