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An Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel

Geography, Economics and Security

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The Sahara-Sahel has seen recurrent episodes of instability. However, the recent Libyan and Malian crises have intensified the level of violence. These episodes have restructured the geopolitical and geographical dynamics of the region. Cross-border or regional, these contemporary crises require new institutional responses. How can countries sharing this space -  Algeria, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Chad and Tunisia and all related states such as Nigeria - stabilize and develop?

Historically, the Sahara plays an intermediary role between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Commercial and human exchanges are intense and based on social networks that now include trafficking. Understanding their structure, geographical and organizational mobility of criminal groups and migratory movements represents a strategic challenge. This book hopes to address this challenge and stimulate strategies for the Sahel of the European Union, the United Nations, the African Union or ECOWAS (Economic Community of the States of West Africa) in order to foster lasting peace.

The Atlas is based on an analysis of mapped regional security issues and development objectives to open the necessary dialogue between regional and international organizations, governments, researchers and local stakeholders tracks.

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Borders, cross-border co-operation and freedom of movement in the Sahara-Sahel

Sahel and West Africa Club

The contemporary transformation of Sahara- Sahelian borders can be illustrated by putting into perspective the functional dynamics of economic players and the institutional responses intended to foster regional integration. The former are analysed on the basis of cities and towns located near national borders, border markets and cross-border functional regions in which economic interaction is quite well developed. Institutional responses describe, in turn, the intergovernmental organisations and bilateral agreements that bind together countries in the Sahel and the Sahara with respect to matters involving economic development and the free circulation of goods and people. However, these initiatives have been slowed by border conflicts or conflicts that have border-related consequences.

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