An Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel
Geography, Economics and Security
The Sahara-Sahel has seen recurrent episodes of instability. However, the recent Libyan
and Malian crises have intensified the level of violence. These episodes have restructured
the geopolitical and geographical dynamics of the region. Cross-border or regional,
these contemporary crises require new institutional responses. How can countries sharing
this space - Algeria, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Chad and Tunisia and
all related states such as Nigeria - stabilize and develop?
Historically, the Sahara plays an intermediary role between North Africa and sub-Saharan
Africa. Commercial and human exchanges are intense and based on social networks that
now include trafficking. Understanding their structure, geographical and organizational
mobility of criminal groups and migratory movements represents a strategic challenge.
This book hopes to address this challenge and stimulate strategies for the Sahel of
the European Union, the United Nations, the African Union or ECOWAS (Economic Community
of the States of West Africa) in order to foster lasting peace.
The Atlas is based on an analysis of mapped regional security issues and development
objectives to open the necessary dialogue between regional and international organizations,
governments, researchers and local stakeholders tracks.
Published on December 19, 2014Also available in: French
In series:West African Studiesview more titles