US strategy in the Sahel: between historical heritage and strategic stakes

Policy Brief, january 2015.

In the debate on a possible “militarization” of the Sahelian region, the U.S. unclear position on the terrorist threat in the Sahel is often criticized.

While the Sahel region is gaining more strategic significance regarding the war on terrorism, this articles traces back over the evolution of the objectives and interests of US policy and its implication in transatlantic cooperation. The author examines the impact of strategies based on civil-military interaction and highlights the difficulties of the US to adopt a clear, strategic outlook regarding the stakes in the Sahel.

Author:

Jérôme Pigné

Jérôme Pigné is a doctoral candidate at the EHESS. His doctoral dissertation deals with the […]