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Hannah Armstrong

Consulting Analyst, Sahel
Dakar, Senegal

Crisis Group Role

Hannah came to International Crisis Group in 2014 as a consultant for Algeria. She is now the Senior Sahel Consultant based in Dakar.

Areas of Expertise

  • North Africa
  • Sahel
  • Western Sahara
  • Political Economy
  • International Security

Professional Background

Hannah has worked across North Africa and the Sahel as a writer and researcher for various publications and organisations since 2006. She has held fellowships from the Institute of Current World Affairs and the Fulbright Program and has a master's in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies.


  • English (native)
  • French (fluent)
  • Arabic (conversant) 


In The News

5 Mar 2019
The army and intelligence services [in Algeria] are still important but not as an autonomous pole of power. Financial Times

Hannah Armstrong

Consulting Analyst, Sahel
1 Mar 2019
Protests in Algeria are not about rule by one man but a system. One that has empowered a business class with close links to the state while progressively stifling economic and political liberties and excluding an earnest, educated youth. Twitter

Hannah Armstrong

Consulting Analyst, Sahel
24 Jul 2018
Jihadist groups present since the 2012 crisis in Mali exploited local unrest and the weak presence of the state in northern Mali to launch cross-border attacks against the Nigerien army... Despite direct support from Chadian troops since 2015 and closer collaboration with the Nigerian army, Nigerien forces have been unable to fully secure the border with Nigeria from attacks, including some linked to the Islamic State. Voice of America

Hannah Armstrong

Consulting Analyst, Sahel

Latest Updates

The Youth Movement in Sahrawi Refugee Camps

Refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, have long been run by the Polisario movement, which seeks an independent state in Western Sahara, also claimed by Morocco. But a new generation of Sahrawi refugees is growing fractious as aid dwindles and diplomatic efforts fail to deliver a settlement.