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CrisisWatch West Africa

CrisisWatch is a monthly early warning bulletin designed to provide a regular update on the state of the most significant situations of conflict around the world.

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Trends for Last Month January 2017

Deteriorated Situations

Côte d’Ivoire

Improved Situations

Gambia

Outlook for This Month February 2017

Conflict Risk Alerts

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Resolution Opportunities

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Reports & Briefings

In The News

9 Feb 2017
The problem with the army [in Côte d'Ivoire] is structural disorder that can’t be sorted out with the punctual signing of cheques, even if the cheques are big. Financial Times

Rinaldo Depagne

Project Director, West Africa
11 Jan 2017
The Nigerian government owes [the Chibok girls'] parents and the public the fundamental responsibility of accounting for every one of them. Reuters

Nnamdi Obasi

Senior Adviser, Nigeria
16 Dec 2016
[Nigeria's IPOB group's] separatist demands are actually drawing attention to certain fundamental flaws in the nation's federal system, particularly on the rights of citizens. IRIN

Nnamdi Obasi

Senior Adviser, Nigeria
4 Dec 2016
For some women trapped in domestic life, Boko Haram offers an escape. But this reflects a huge abyss of desperation among women and a failure of society in the northeast [of Nigeria]. Reuters

Rinaldo Depagne

Project Director, West Africa
17 Nov 2016
"We're again, as we've been several times since 2013, at a defining moment [in the fight against jihadist groups in northern Mali]. On the political side things have improved, but it is very worrying security-wise. Daily Nation

Jean-Hervé Jezequel

Deputy Project Director, West Africa
13 Oct 2016
We have to think very carefully about the use of violence [against Boko Haram], sometimes it is necessary, but it mustn’t aggravate the situation, rather it must help to reduce or resolve the conflict. Force should be used cautiously. Leadership

Comfort Ero

Program Director, Africa

Latest Updates

Forced out of Towns in the Sahel, Africa’s Jihadists Go Rural

Jihadist groups have regrouped in the neglected hinterlands of Sahel countries and are launching attacks from them. To regain control of outlying districts, regional states must do far more to extend services and representation beyond recently recaptured provincial centres.

Op-Ed / Africa

To Defeat Boko Haram, Nigeria Must Get Women on Board

It is largely because of women’s compromised position in society that insurgent groups such as Boko Haram can continue to survive.

Originally published in Mail and Guardian Africa

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Project Director, West Africa

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Consulting Senior Analyst, West Africa
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Deputy Project Director, West Africa
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Nnamdi Obasi

Senior Adviser, Nigeria
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Cynthia Ohayon

Analyst, West Africa
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Research Assistant, West Africa
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