On 12 March 2015, Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit (CRU) organized a seminar in Bamako on security and stabilization issues in the Sahel region. Three years after the start of the Malian crisis, and only six days after the terrorist attack on the Bamako restaurant ‘La Terrasse’, the event gathered together more than 40 participants, including researchers and practitioners from six West African countries, representatives from international organizations (UN, EU), Malian civil society, journalists and local authorities.
The seminar was designed to bolster current thoughts on the best way forward for the Sahel region to achieve stabilization and, therefore, it focused mainly on the national/regional security situation and the root causes of the 2012 flare-up.
The expert event was covered by the Malian newspapers:
Zone sahélo-saharienne: Les organisations criminelles et religieuses supplantent les etats
Bamako: Brainstorming autour de la security dans le Sahel
Processus de stabilisation au Sahel:Les dynamiques locales et régionales relevées
Colloque sur la sécurité et la stabilisation au Sahel : Elaborer une stratégie régionale et impliquer la population à la base