Terrorist Threat as a Pre-Text: Russia Strengthens Ties with G5 Sahel

Introduction

Following the 1991 dissolution of the USSR—which maintained diplomatic relations with 46 African countries in the mid-1980s­—the Russian Federation lost a large part of the Soviet influence on the continent. Beginning in the mid-2000s, however, Russia`s regional policy started to change, and the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis solidified Russia`s resolve to pursue opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa (Russiancouncil.ru, February 20). A truly pivotal event that demonstrated Russia`s determination was the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, held in Sochi on October 23–24, 2019 (see EDM, October 28, 2019). Given Russia`s relative economic weakness, one of the very few competitive advantages at the Kremlin`s disposal is military-technical cooperation. Continuer à lire … « Terrorist Threat as a Pre-Text: Russia Strengthens Ties with G5 Sahel »

Chad’s Foreign Minister: The spread of arms and the worsening situation in the Sahel have been caused by the Libyan crisis

26/01/2020 – Chad’s Foreign Minister, ‘Mohamed Sherif El-Zein’, declared that the Libyan crisis is one of the reasons for the worsening situation in the Sahel region, due to the proliferation of weapons, which facilitates the spread of terrorist groups. « In addition to Libya, the neighboring countries of Libya are the first concerned with the Libyan crisis, » the Russian news agency, Sputnik, quoted « Al-Zain » as saying in a speech during the start of the foreign ministers’ conference of the countries neighboring Libya in the Algerian capital, Thursday. Adding « Currently al-Sahel in a fiery situation, for several reasons, on top of which is the Libyan crisis, due to the proliferation of weapons significantly, which facilitated the spread of terrorist groups.  »

LANA / Libya

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali)

Burkina Faso’s security disaster

22/01/2020 – Europe discusses a stronger military engagement in the Sahel. But the example of Burkina Faso shows the need for more.

In a highly symbolic ceremony on 13 January 2020, prior to the G5 Sahel summit in Pau, French President Emmanuel Macron and the presidents of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, laid a wreath for the 13 French soldiers who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Mali last November. 4,500 of their comrades are currently stationed in these countries as part of Operation Barkhane in the face of loud protests from large parts of the population and the resistance of a growing number of intellectuals. They are accusing the French foreign intervention of imperialist motives on the one hand, and ineffectiveness on the other — and even of fuelling the conflicts. Continuer à lire … « Burkina Faso’s security disaster »

Germany ponders bigger troop mandate in Africa’s Sahel

29/12/2019 – Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said she supports sending more troops to Africa’s Sahel. Although France already has a strong deployment, they’ve asked for support and Germany cannot « duck away » from the region, she said. Continuer à lire … « Germany ponders bigger troop mandate in Africa’s Sahel »

Turkey to establish logistics centers in African countries

Turkey is establishing logistics bases in African countries after seeing exponential rise in trade in the last 16 years thanks to the country’s Africa initiative.

eeing a remarkable increase in bilateral trade with African countries, Turkey has ramped up efforts to expand commercial operations on the continent by establishing trade and logistics centers, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said Monday.Addressing a consultation meeting of African Business Councils under Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), Pekcan said: “We are founding trade centers in the destinations we have previously determined. But more importantly, we should establish logistics centers in several points in Africa. We have launched our operations accordingly.” Continuer à lire … « Turkey to establish logistics centers in African countries »

Burkina Faso in mourning after double jihadist attacks

26/12/2019 – Burkina Faso was in mourning Wednesday after jihadists killed 35 civilians, almost all of them women, in double attacks in the north in one of the deadliest assaults in nearly five years of violence in the West African country. Continuer à lire … « Burkina Faso in mourning after double jihadist attacks »

Africa Union (AU)- Declaration of the 12th Ordinary Meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security, Cairo, Egypt 19 December 2019

  1. We, the members of the Specialized Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security (STCDSS) of the African Union (AU) met at the 12th Meeting in Cairo, Egypt and considered the Conclusions of the African Chiefs of Defence Staff and Heads of Safety and Security (ACDSS).
  2. Our meeting was preceded by the 15th Meeting of the ACDSS, held respectively from 18 December 2019, and a Meeting of Experts held from 15 to 17 December 2019.

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