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Author Cooke, Jennifer G., author.

Title Militancy and the arc of instability : violent extremism in the Sahel / principal authors, Jennifer G. Cooke, Thomas M. Sanderson ; contributing authors, J. Caleb Johnson, Benjamin Hubner
Published Washington, DC : Center for Strategic & International Studies ; Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (iv, 32 pages) : color maps
Contents Introduction : a fragile region under threat -- The context : corruption, fragility, and hardship in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin -- The core violent extremist groups : AQIM and Boko Haram -- Conclusion : challenges for international engagement
Summary "An arc of instability stretching across Africa's Sahel region, an area of strategic interest for the United States and its allies, is plagued by violent extremist organizations (VEOs). These organizations, including Boko Haram, al Qaeda, and other terror groups, have metastasized and present a serious threat to regional stability. Now these VEOs are transitioning. Under sustained pressure from French and regional security forces, and reeling from the loss of senior leaders, many of these groups feel backed into a corner. Despite setbacks, the groups continue to plague the region. To enhance policymakers' understanding of these threats and how to respond to them, CSIS experts from the Africa Program and Transnational Threats Project conducted field-based and scholarly research examining the broad range of factors at play in the region. This research provides little ground for optimism. Chronic underdevelopment, political alienation, failed governance and corruption, organized crime, and spillover from Libya help foster and sustain violent extremists throughout the Sahel"--Publisher's web site
Notes "A report of the CSIS Transnational Threats Project and the CSIS Africa Program."
"September 2016."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (CSIS, viewed September 30, 2016)
Subject Boko Haram.
Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
Boko Haram.
Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
Political stability -- Sahel
Security, International -- Sahel
Terrorism -- Sahel
HISTORY / Africa / West
Political stability.
Politics and government.
Security, International.
Sahel -- Politics and government
Africa -- Sahel.
Form Electronic book
Author Hubner, Benjamin, contributor
Johnson, J. Caleb, contributor
Sanderson, Thomas (Thomas M.), author.
CSIS Transnational Threats Project, issuing body.
Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.), publisher.
Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.). Africa Program, issuing body.
ISBN 1442279699