NARCO ANALYSIS: Mauritania at Last?

March 9, 2022

Geoff D. Porter

A question that has flummoxed Sahel watchers for the last decade was “Why not Mauritania?” As violence and instability increased throughout the Sahel from Chad and Sudan to Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania was sitting pretty. It was even more perplexing because Mauritania shares a long border with Mali, the epicenter of Sahelian instability. But now, that may be starting to change. A series of cross-border incidents are raising tensions between Bamako and Nouakchott.

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