SE­CU­RITY IN THE SA­HEL

The Africa Report - - LETTERS -

While for­eign as­sis­tance and mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tions in the Sa­hel have been la­belled ‘short-term so­lu­tions […] driven by the out­side world’ in your piece [‘Sa­hel: Breed­ing in­se­cu­rity’, TAR94 Oct 2017], it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that the 2013 French Opéra­tion Ser­val, as well as all sub­se­quent mul­ti­lat­eral op­er­a­tions and ini­tia­tives, were ne­go­ti­ated and im­ple­mented in agree­ment with lo­cal gov­ern­ments and ECOWAS. In ad­di­tion, the G5 Sa­hel re­gional ini­tia­tive is a step in the right di­rec­tion. Even though fi­nan­cial and co­or­di­na­tion is­sues have slowed im­ple­men­ta­tion of the G5, it has be­come clearer than ever that Sa­hel coun­tries want to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own se­cu­rity. It is now time to strike the right bal­ance be­tween long-term ca­pac­ity-build­ing of re­gional mil­i­tary forces and im­me­di­ate se­cu­rity threats. In this dire con­text, devel­op­ment, un­for­tu­nately, re­mains a solid run­ner-up. Kamissa Ca­mara, Founder of Sa­hel Strat­egy Fo­rum and African po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst

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