Covid placed a pause on the formal renewal of relations between Europe and Africa, but it has also brought new focus to old questions
The G5 Sahel has an excessive focus on security issues, as this has come at the expense of the political and governance issues it must deal with to truly stabilise the region
Picking sides and intervening via local proxies often makes matters only worse, not better, in the countries of the Sahel
The French response to internal threats in North African countries has been to reinforce authoritarian rule to keep the peace. But it could inflame miltancy in the long run, especially in Chad and Libya.
Algerians have taken to the streets to voice their discontent with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's plan to run for a fifth term in office. Could this be the beginning of more fundamental reform?
Last month, French forces in Mali killed one of the Sahel’s most prominent jihadist leaders, Amadou Koufa – his death is a brief opportunity for Mali’s government and the international community
This summer, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was re-elected to Mali's presidency; his plan for peace in the country can stem the conflict, but as the Algerian case shows, the process of reconciliation can be daunting
Mali's presidential election will determine the country's future path either toward stability or a return to violence
On June 13 Malian soldiers and security forces were responsible for killing more than 30 civilians throughout the country – the government and international forces have been unable to reverse the trend
Encouraging regional integration could improve economic diversification and economic security in North Africa, while encouraging the regional labour migration that has long helped sustain the Sahel and West Africa