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Title:An atlas of the Sahara-Sahel: geography, economics and security
Editor:Bossard, LaurentISNI
Chapter(s):Present
Year:2014
ISSN:2074-3548
Pages:249
Language:English
Series:West African studies
City of publisher:Paris
Publisher:OECD/Sahel and West Africa Club
ISBN:9264222340; 9789264222342; 9264222359; 9789264222359
Geographic terms:Sahel
Sahara
West Africa
Subjects:regional security
mobility
trade
illicit trade
boundaries
international organizations
Abstract:The Sahara-Sahel has seen recurrent episodes of instability. However, the recent crises in Libya and Mali have intensified the level of violence and restructured the geopolitical and geographical dynamics of the region. The changed regional security situation requires new institutional responses. How can the countries that share this space - Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Chad, in collaboration with other countries in the region, 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 the nature of this trafficking, the geographical and organizational mobility of criminal groups, as well as migratory movements is of strategic importance. This book aims to contribute towards this objective and to help inform the Sahel-strategies of the European Union, the United Nations, the African Union and ECOWAS (Economic Community of the States of West Africa). In 10 chapters, the Atlas proposes a cartographic and regional analysis of the following security and development issues: 1. Sahara-Sahelian space and geography; 2. socio-economic indicators within Sahara-Sahel countries; 3. petroleum and networks of influence; 4. ancient and new mobility; 5. migration and the Sahara; 6. nomadism and mobility; 7. borders, cross-border co-operation and freedom of movement in the region; 8. security issues, movement and networks; 9. trafficking economies; 10. institutional viewpoints on the challenges of the Sahara-Sahel. Contributors: Alain Antil; Benjamin Augé; Ali Bensaâd; Laurent Gagnol, Philipp Heinrigs, Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dahou; Denis Retaillé, Antonin Tisseron and Olivier J. Walther. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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