Burkina Faso’s Alarming Escalation of Jihadist Violence

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by Rinaldo Depagne Attacks on the Burkina Faso army headquarters and the French Embassy on 2 March 2018 were better organized, involved heavier weapons and were more sustained than anything seen so far in Burkina Faso. In this Q&A, our West Africa… Continue Reading  

The Social Roots of Jihadist Violence in Burkina Faso’s North

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by International Crisis Group Long spared by the Sahel’s armed groups, Burkina Faso now faces increasingly frequent and lethal attacks in its north. Although this insecurity in large part is an extension of the Malian conflict, the crisis has strong… Continue Reading  

Failed States and States of Failure

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by Tom Engelhardt One of the charms of the future is its powerful element of unpredictability, its ability to ambush us in lovely ways or bite us unexpectedly in the ass. Most of the futures I imagined as a boy… Continue Reading  

U.S. Military Aid to Presidential Guards a Risky Venture

Burkinabe Col. Maj. Gilbert Diendere, chief of staff of the President of Burkina Faso and President of the Burkina Faso Flintlock 2010 Committee, addresses Burkinabe soldiers prior to their deployment to Mali in support of exercise Flintlock 10 in Ouagadougou, Burkino Faso, May 1, 2010. About 40 soldiers boarded the C-130J to deploy for counterterrorism training with U.S., Malian and European partners. Flintlock 10 is a special operations forces exercise and is part of a U.S. Africa Command-sponsored annual program with partner nations in Northern and Western Africa. The exercise, which includes several European nations, is conducted by Special Operations Command Africa and is designed to build relationships and develop capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson, U.S. Air Force/Released)

by Alexis Kedo and Colby Goodman “We have seen what has happened, that the people were not in favor of it [coup d’état]. That is why we gave it up.” This was Gen. Gilbert Diendéré’s ad-libbed apology for the coup… Continue Reading