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Conflict over Resources and Terrorism

Two Facets of Insecurity

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This study first analyses an old and recurring form of instability in the region: conflict over resources. A series of case studies  examines the causes of these conflicts with reference to the associated regional challenges and response tools. Secondly, the study addresses terrorism, a relatively new dimension of insecurity. It outlines the development of AQMI and Boko Haram and then focuses on a comparative analysis of legal mechanisms to fight against terrorism. The argument holds that the congruence of these insecurities and the current violent crises present an unprecedented risk of destabilisation for West Africa and the international community.

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Foreword

Sahel and West Africa Club

During the finalisation of this book, the crisis in Mali entered a new phase: a global war on terrorism. Measuring the consequences of this latest development is impossible at the moment. At the very least, division among communities poses a significant short-term risk. War encourages people to see things in black and white (Manichaeism); an ethnic or social group can be assimilated with the enemy because they are from the same origins.

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