SWAC webinar "Wars and Conflicts in the Sahara-Sahel"


21 March 2018, 13:00-14:00 (CET)


‌Faced with the political pressures of successive coup d’états, protest movements and the threat of Islamic extremism, the Sahel and the Sahara experience compounded threats to peace in an increasingly volatile global environment. Creating viable and sustainable paths to regional peace and security requires in-depth analysis of the root causes of violent conflict and the critical factors escalating tensions between warring factions.

Based on the SWAC West African Paper, Wars and Conflicts in the Sahara-Sahel published in 2017, a technical webinar took place on Wednesday 21st March 2018.

The webinar featured a presentation by Olivier Walther, Ph.D, Visiting Associate Professor at the Center for African Studies, University of Florida (UF) and author of the SWAC publication on the topic, as part of the collaboration between SWAC/OECD and the Sahel Research Group (UF). Rinaldo Depagne (West Africa Project Director, International Crisis Group) and Francesco Strazzari (Adjunct Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs Consortium for Research on Terrorism and International Crime) were panellists. 

Key discussion points included:

  •  Ethnic and socioeconomic context of regional violence 
  • Role of identity politics in triggering violent  conflict
  • Interplay between local and global boundaries in cross border conflict    


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