The new security report of the OECD maps the evolution of conflict and cooperation networks in North and West Africa since 1997. It was launched at the Sahel Coalition Seminar in march 2021 and coordinated by our lab.

Livestock is a key contributor to West Africa’s economy. Yet, regional patterns of livestock trade and their impact on disease transmission remain understudied in the region. In this new OECD working paper, Valerie Valerio shows that regional livestock trade operates in well-established corridors and relies on international trade communities and border markets. The paper draws substantially on an earlier publication published in PLOS ONE this year.

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) annual meeting organized by the OECD Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD) and the University of Florida Sahel Research Group (SRG) has been cancelled and will be reschedule to a future date. A special issue will be submitted to the Journal of Borderlands Studies this year.

Which regions have experienced the highest levels of political insecurity in North and West Africa since the late 1990s? Do conflicts tend to cluster or spread across the region, potentially across borders? And how do foreign military interventions affect the geography of conflict from Dakar to N’Djamena? Find out in this new OECD report. More information here. Watch Dr. Radil’s presentation here, and a similar presentation by Dr. Walther on YouTube here. A French version is now available.

Munich Security Conference

The OECD will launch its new report our security at the 2020 Munich Security Conference on February 14. This report – which we drafted – is analyzing the changing geography of conflict in North and West Africa since 1997. More information here.

AAG 2020

Join us at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual meeting in Denver on April 6-10, 2020. We’ll present two papers: A new Spatial Conflict Dynamics indicator of political violence in North and West Africa (Walther, Radil, Russell) and The changing geography of conflict in North & West Africa (Pflaum).

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