3. Why has West Africa been so prone to coups?
The events in Niger followed two coups each in neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso and another in nearby Guinea. The leader of Sudan in the eastern Sahel was overthrown in 2021, the same year Chad’s military replaced its late president with his son, an army general. All these takeovers have been rooted in economic malaise and weak governance that have fed frustration among civilians and — in West Africa in particular — the spread of extremist violence. However, despite claims by the new strongmen that they are tackling insecurity, the number of people killed in the Sahel region surged in the first half of the year.
It’s impossible to walk across the Sahara during the summer. That trek is a lot easier in the autumn, winter and spring. Political instability, vendetta settling mobs, human traffickers and religious extremists will all fuel migrant flows over the next 12 months as they are pushed northward. That’s all part of the unconventional war effort being propagated by Russia in the Sahel.
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