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Hamza Cherbib

Research Assistant, West Africa
Dakar, Senegal

Crisis Group Role

Based in Dakar, Crisis Group's West Africa Office, Hamza conducts fieldwork in Mali and Niger and writes reports, briefings and other materials analysing the political and social situation and making recommendations to prevent and resolve crises. Hamza first joined Crisis Group in January 2015 as an intern and was enrolled as a research assistant in September 2015.

Areas of Expertise

  • Niger
  • Mali
  • Violent Extremism in the Sahel


  • French (Native)
  • English 
  • Arabic 

Latest Updates

Commentary / Africa

Niger Clash Kills U.S. and Nigerien Troops

A deadly ambush near the Niger-Mali border on 4 October claimed the lives of at least five Nigerien soldiers and marked the unprecedented killing of American forces in the region. In this Q&A, Deputy West Africa Project Director Jean-Hervé Jezequel and Research Assistant Hamza Cherbib say that jihadist violence cannot be divorced from deeper inter-communal tensions related to local competition over resources and illicit economic activity.

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