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

1 Mai 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 Oct 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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