Militancy, Border Security, and Democracy in the Sahel


The permeability of borders, along with political vacuums and economic marginalization in the hinterlands, has transformed border communities in the Maghreb-Sahel into epicenters of identity-driven politics, militancy, violent conflict, and organized transnational crime. An all-day conference brings together leading scholars from around the world to examine security and governance challenges in the region.

This event is co-hosted with the African Peacebuilding Network of the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for Democracy.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Washington, DC 20036


8:30 a.m.: Registration

9:00 to 9:15 a.m:

Opening Remarks – Michele Dunne, Cyril Obi

9:15 to 10:45 a.m.: Insecurity in Border Areas in Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria – Amy Hawthorne, Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck, Rebecca Murray

Moderator: Samba Tall

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Evolution of Security Threats in Mali, Mauritania, and Nigeria

Anouar Boukhars, Boubacar N’Diaye, Gbemisola Animasawun

Moderator: Ismail Rashid

12:30 to 1:00 p.m.


1:00 to 1:45 p.m.

Keynote Address

John Desrocher, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Egypt and Maghreb Affairs

2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Politics, Democracy, and Peacebuilding in the Sahel

Kamissa Camara, Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Cheri Baker, Charles Ukeje

Moderator: Cyril Obi

This event is hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Click here to register.

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