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Fight Against Terrorism

Terrorism poses a direct threat to the security of citizens and international stability. Our research examines trends in terrorism and its key drivers, while also exploring possible policies to address them.

22 February 2022 | Africa

Competition for Natural Resources in the Sahel

Examining the main drivers of instability in natural resource extraction by external actors & armed groups in the Sahel region.

Competition for Natural Resources in the Sahel


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Strengthening Sahelian Counterinsurgency Strategy

[ © African Center for Strategic Studies ]

 Militant Islamist violence in the Sahel is accelerating faster than in any other region in Africa. After nearly a decade of conflict, violent events in the Sahel (specifically Burkina Faso, Mali, and western Niger) are surging—with a 140-percent increase since 2020 and no signs of abatement. Militant Islamist group violence against civilians in the Sahel represents 60 percent of all such violence in Africa and is projected to increase by more than 40 percent in 2022.1 This uninterrupted escalation of violence has displaced more than 2.5 million people and is on pace to kill more than 8,000 individuals in 2022.  

Resolving the Gas Dispute with Lebanon: First Exhaust Diplomatic Efforts

[ © The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) ]

 The launch of UAVs by Hezbollah toward the Karish gas field was intended to convey a twofold message – to Israel and to the Lebanese – against the backdrop of Israel’s determination to continue production from this field and the renewed diplomatic effort initiated by Lebanon to resolve the maritime border dispute between the countries.