In-Depth Briefing #51: The Sahel and the return of small wars

The Sahel political map

Today, most Western governments are paying relatively little attention to the slow-motion crisis unfolding in the Sahel. They are – quite understandably perhaps – more concerned by events taking place in Ukraine. At some point, however, that will change, as the plight of the Sahel becomes an ever more pressing international issue. Addressing that issue now will be costly, of course, but it will be much less costly than addressing it in ten or 20 years’ time when conditions have deteriorated further.” – Charlie MacCallum, a Cambridge University and King’s College London alumnus, explains why it would be extremely short-sighted to consign small wars, and the strategies used to wage them, to the dustbin of history.

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