Virtual Roundtable: After Barkhane? Future prospects for the Sahel

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Guests

  • Cedric de Coning, Research Professor, NUPI
  • Amb. Said Djinnit, Special Advisor, ACCORD
  • Rigmor Elianne Koti, Special Representative for the Sahel, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Amandine Gnanguenon, Visiting Fellow, ECFR
  • El-Ghassim Wane, Visiting Shapiro Professor of International Relations, George Washington University

Chaired by

Andrew Lebovich, Policy Fellow, ECFR

The European Council on Foreign Relations, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes are delighted to invite you to our Virtual Roundtable “After Barkhane? Future prospects for the Sahel” on 17 February 2021, 15:30 – 17:00 CET.

Despite military advances following the January 2020 Pau summit, 2020 was a devastating year in the Sahel as attacks surged and intercommunal conflict and state and militia violence continued to threaten civilians. The continued cost in soldiers and money has also led to increasing debate within France about Operation Barkhane, and possible reductions in French forces even as international attention to the Sahel increases.

Join ECFR, NUPI, and ACCORD for a webinar to examine the current conditions in the Sahel, the stakes and impact of international interventions there, and the possible regional implications of a reduction of French forces.

Agenda

15:30 – 15:35

Opening

Andrew Lebovich, Policy Fellow, ECFR

15:35 – 15:50

Introduction

Cedric de Coning, Research Professor, NUPI

Rigmor Elianne Koti, Special Representative for the Sahel, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

15:50 – 16:10

Presentations

Amandine Gnanguenon, Visiting Fellow, ECFR

El-Ghassim Wane, Visiting Shapiro Professor of International Relations, George Washington University

16:10 – 16:50

Discussion

Moderator: Andrew Lebovich, Policy Fellow, ECFR

16:50 – 17:00

Concluding remarks

Amb. Said Djinnit, Special Advisor, ACCORD