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Conference: Post-Intervention Governance and Security in the African Sahel

When: Friday, May 19, 2017
All day  

Where: 620 Library Place, Seminar Room, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Scott Newman  

Group: French Interdisciplinary Group

Co-Sponsor: Program of African Studies

Category: Academic


Supported by the French Interdisciplinary Group (FIG), this one-day conference is co-organized by faculty at Northwestern University and Sciences Po. Panels include scholars from universities across the US and abroad.


Following the regime change in Libya and the territorial takeover in Northern Mali by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad in 2012, and international intervention to push back the militants and restore electoral democracy Bamako, the Sahel region has undergone dramatic changes in certain domains. This critical period of military conflict created new dynamics for state and civil society, in terms of military strategies, state governmentality, and associational organization. In addition to creating new dynamics, this intervention period unleashed certain pre- existing forces that were more marginal in the region and provided opportunities for transformation of well-established currents in these three domains as well (state, civil society, and military).

This conference will bring together experts of the Sahel to shed light on the implications of this regional recalibration: what are the consequences for security strategies and logics of military engagement both for state actors as well as continuing rebel groups? What are the domestic political strategies undertaken by state and political actors to utilize the resources and security situation to shape the domestic political environment? How do incumbent regimes and opposition alike reform their strategies and engage in a post-intervention context given the shifted playing field and emboldening of new actors? How do civic associations mobilize to maintain social relevance, build support, and shift political outcomes in line with their preferences?

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