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Is the Sahara-Sahel Region the New Afghanistan?

EVENT CANCELLED: LSE Global Governance public seminar

Date: Wednesday 2 March 2011
Time: 4.30-6pm
Venue: NAB 2.06, New Academic Building
Speaker: Yahia Zoubir
Chair: Dr Alia Brahimi

Update, Tuesday 1 March: This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

The Sahara-Sahel region has purportedly become the new threat to the interests of the United States, Europe, and the countries that make it up. This region is vulnerable due to its low demographic density and its porous frontiers. Terrorist groups, local and international, have engaged in smuggling of illegal drugs, tobacco, and armaments. They have also resorted to kidnappings as an additional means to finance their operations through the collected ransoms. What are the factors that have led this resource-rich yet extremely poor region to attract world attention? How genuine is the terrorist threat? Who are the main actors? What have the governments within and outside the region addressed the problems in the Sahara-Sahel region? How powerful is the Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb? Does the region warrant its depiction as the "New Afghanistan?" Will the presence of foreign military forces increase the security of the region or will it provide the ideological ammunition for the Jihadi groups?

Yahia Zoubir is Professor of International Relations and International Management, and Director of Research in Geopolitics at Euromed Management, Marseille School of Management.

Dr Alia Brahimi is from the North Africa Programme at LSE.

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