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IV. West Africa

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The collapse of state authority in northern Mali and the undeclared civil war between Boko Haram Islamists and the federal government in Nigeria constituted the most dramatic events in the sub-region. The worsening violence in Nigeria and the international community's inability to come up with an undivided response to the capture of northern Mali by an assortment of Islamist and separatist fighters had potentially serious consequences, especially for states in the Sahelian region. By contrast, presidential elections in two countries had the potential to effect relatively peaceful regime change. They were Senegal and Ghana, although in the latter it was a new president, rather than a new ruling party, that was elected. Political calm reigned in Niger and to some extent also in Mauritania. Floods hit Benin, Nigeria and Niger, and several Sahelian countries were confronted with food shortages.

Keywords: Boko Haram Islamists; Mauritania; Nigeria; northern Mali; Sahelian region



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