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Organized crime and conflict in the sahel-sahara region

Von Wolfram Lacher (The Carnegie Papers: September 2012)

For the past decade, increasing instability in the Sahel and Sahara region has been a source of growing concern in Europe and the United States. Western governments have worried that the weakness of state control in the area would allow al-Qaeda in the Islamist Maghreb (AQIM) and other jihadist organizations to expand their influence and establish safe havens in areas outside government control. Such fears appear to have been vindicated by the recent take over of northern Mali by AQIM and organizations closely associated with it.

Organized crime and conflict in the sahel-sahara region

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