Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim

Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim

Deputy Project Director, Sahel

Crisis Group Role

Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim is the Deputy Project Director, Sahel, based in Dakar.

Areas of Expertise

  • Sahel Region
  • Islam and Politics
  • Defence and Security
  • Political Contestations
  • International Development

Professional Background

Ibrahim gained a PhD in Political Science from the University of Florida. His dissertation focused on Islam and Political Contestation in the Sahel Region. It is a comparative study of the phenomena of protests, riots, and jihadist insurgencies in Mauritania, Niger, and Mali. He is a co-founder and research associate with the Sahel Research Group.

Ibrahim is an alumnus of the Fulbright Program and an analyst for Freedom in the World, as a Niger and Mauritania expert. He worked for four years with Islamic NGOs in Niger, including two years as the Executive Director of the Niger-office of Albasar International Foundation.

He has a background in Sociology, Islamic Jurisprudence, and Management, with degrees from the Islamic University of Say and Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey.


  • French (fluent)
  • English (fluent)
  • Arabic (fluent)
  • Hausa (native)
  • Zarma/Songhay (basic)


  • “Regions at Risk: Preventing Mass Atrocities in Mali,” co-authored with Mollie Zapata, Early Warning Project, Report No. 3, produced by The United State Holocaust Memorial Museum,
  • “The Wave of Jihadist insurgency in West Africa: Global Ideology, Local Context, Individual Motivations,” West African Papers, No. 07, OECD Publishing, Paris (July 2017)

In The News

26 6월 2024
The jihadists have deeply ingrained themselves into the local landscape [in northern Mali]. [That] has made it much harder to uproot them. New York Times

Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim

Deputy Project Director, Sahel
1 5월 2024
Western powers have enjoyed quite a bit of leeway in how they influenced and meddled in local affairs [in Niger]. Al Jazeera

Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim

Deputy Project Director, Sahel
9 10월 2022
Everything has been tried but still the jihadis are growing and occupying larger territories [in the Sahel]. Financial Times

Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim

Deputy Project Director, Sahel

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