Title

A new hotbed for extremism? Jihadism and collective insecurity in the sahel

Source of Publication

Asian Journal of Peacebuilding

Abstract

© 2020 The Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University. Several jihadist groups sought a safe haven in the Sahel region following the defeat of Daesh in Syria and Iraq, making it a hotbed of terrorist activities. These groups have relied on crime, amongst other strategies, to survive and expand. Such strategies serve as the groups’ lifeblood and help them forge alliances with local actors. The appeal of radical jihadist discourse capitalizes on human insecurities as manifested in political, environmental, and demographic challenges. This article considers not only the new threats to human security in the Sahel, but also the need for a multidimensional, inclusive, dialogue-based solution. Promoting development and social cohesion centered on human security could achieve better results in the region than resorting to external military intervention.

Document Type

Article

First Page

203

Last Page

222

Publication Date

11-1-2020

DOI

10.18588/202011.00a120

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Hamdy A. Hassan, Zayed University

Scopus ID

85098234472

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