Is the Drug Trade Really Bank-Rolling Terrorism?

I was really pleased to be interviewed, along with the always outstanding Vanda Felbab-Brown of Brookings and Virginia Comolli of IISS, by Max Daly from Vice News. We were asked to substantiate the rumours around narco terrorism. Is the Drug Trade Really Bank-rolling Terrorism? An Iranian police officer stands behind drugs seized from smugglers, in a…

An evolving threat: the two faces of Sahel terrorism

Terrorism watchers, particularly those in the Sahel region, tend to divide into two camps. First, there are those that see the emergence of terrorism in Africa to be a relative recent phenomenon that has come to prominence only in the last decade with the affiliation of AQIM and its various iterations to international terrorist movements.…

Evaluating CT-Sahel: a flagship projet of the EU’s efforts to counter terrorism

I have twice reviewed the EU Contre Terrorisme Sahel intervention (CT Sahel), a project funded by the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) (formerly Instrument of Stability (IfS)) of the European Union (EU). The principle objective of the programme is to “support national capacities to combat terrorism and organised crime, and reinforce regional co-operation.”[1] The…

Fixing a fractured state? Breaking the cycles of crime, corruption and governance in Mali and the Sahel

The international community has reiterated its commitment to supporting the government to rebuild the fractured state of Mali. Despite formidable investments in sponsoring the electoral process, reinforcing the security sector and convening the ongoing peace process, the complex and interwoven challenges of chronic poverty, insurgencies, criminal economies, widespread corruption and impunity and extremist groups have…