Ibrahim Maiga

Ibrahim Maiga

Senior Adviser, Sahel

Crisis Group Role

As Senior Adviser for Crisis Group’s Sahel Project, Ibrahim conducts field research, provides written analysis and proposes policy recommendations. He also helps coordinate the Sahel Project's advocacy efforts in the region

Professional Background

Before joining Crisis Group, Ibrahim was the Sahel Regional Representative at the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD). He also served as special advisor to the prime minister of Mali, during which time he was responsible for security, governance and political reforms. From 2015 to 2020, he successively held the positions of researcher, senior researcher and representative for the Sahel at the Institute for Security Studies' regional office for West Africa, the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin. Ibrahim holds a Master’s degree in International and Transnational Law from Laval University in Canada.

Areas of Expertise

  • Violent extremism and terrorism
  • Political instability 
  • Community conflicts
  • Organised crime
  • Peace operations
  • Democracy
  • Political processes


  • French 
  • English
  • Songho
  • Bambara

Select Publications

  • “Répondre à l’insécurité dans le Liptako-Gourma”, ISS West Africa Report no. 34, March 2021.
  • “Violent extremism, organised crime and local conflicts in Liptako-Gourma”, ISS West Africa Report no. 26, December 2019 (co-authored with William Assanvo, Baba Dakono and Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni).
  • “Prospects for the G5 Sahel countries to 2040”, ISS West Africa Report no. 25, November 2019, (co-authored with Stellah Kwasi, Jakkie Cilliers, Zachary Donnenfeld and Lily Welborn).

In The News

8 Feb 2023
The Malian army is now demonstrating its ability to organize complex operations, particularly in the center of the country. Le Monde

Ibrahim Maiga

Senior Adviser, Sahel

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