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Unravelling the Niger coup and its implications for violent extremism in the Sahel

The recent military takeover

The recent military takeover in Niger is the ninth in a long series of coups and coup attempts that have de-stabilized West and Central Africa over the past three years.

Political turmoil in Niamey raises serious concerns for the future of the Sahel, a region that has become the epicenter of terrorism globally, accounting for 43 percent of terrorism deaths in 2022, more than both South-Asia, the Middle East and North Africa combined.

Fuelled by a set of complex and interrelated challenges, including poor governance, lack of basic services, increased competition over ever-scarcer natural resources, inter-communal tensions, growing insecurity, and mass displacement, the Sahel has seen a dramatic rise of terrorist violence that multiple international interventions have proved unable to effectively curb over the past decade.

Babafemi Badejo, Professor of Political Science and International says that Countries that issue threats in international relationships immediately follow them up without guessing.

Unravelling the Niger coup and its implications for violent extremism in the Sahel

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