Global Security Risks and West Africa

Development Challenges

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This publication explores current global security issues, their development in West Africa and their potential impact on regional stability. It takes a close look at issues such as terrorism and trafficking, climate change, and the links between “security and development”. Some of these issues are still the object of heated debate. This book draws attention to the risk of oversimplified analyses and biased perceptions of security risks. It also highlights the need for coordinated policies and dialogue between West Africa, North Africa and OECD countries.



The climate of the Sahel

Sahel and West Africa Club

The Sahel, here defined as the portion of Africa between 12°N and 20°N, is a semi-arid eco-region that separates the Sahara desert from the Sudanian tropical savanna. This flat region is known to be particularly vulnerable to natural variability as most of the human activities in the region depend on the highly volatile single annual rainfall season, June through September with the maximum in August. The severe droughts that hit the region in the late seventies and early eighties act to remind us of the direct consequences of these events. This has been arguably the longest and the most geographically extended drought recorded anywhere in the world during the 20th century.


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