Sub-Saharan Africa, Civil wars, Regional and interstate conflicts, Conflict prevention, Peacebuilding, Political systems
Since Mai 2022: Researcher in the Project "Megatrends Africa: Implications and Options for Action for German and International Policy"
2016-2022: Research Associate in the DFG-funded research project „International Intervention Against Sexualised Violence in Conflict Regions. Intended and Unintended Consequences“, University of Bremen
2014 – 2021: Consultant and Freelance Lecturer, Eirene, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Freie Universität Berlin
2009 – 2014: Civil Peace Service, Eirene and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Sahel and Great Lakes Region
2007 – 2008: MA International Conflict Studies, King’s College, London
Jihadist groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS have gained influence in Niger's Tillabéri region, mobilising local populations with promises of protection and creating opportunities for social upheaval. Understanding these dynamics is crucial for effective political intervention in fragile contexts.
Megatrends such as climate change, digitalisation, and urbanisation are transforming all aspects of politics, economics and society in Africa. Consequently, they are also affecting conflict dynamics. This Working Paper focuses specifically on how megatrends are altering patterns of foreign intervention in African conflicts. Two aspects stand out: the range of intervening powers is widening, and they are intervening increasingly at arm’s length by delegating to human or technical surrogates.
The French military operation Barkhane has concluded its withdrawal from Mali on 15 August 2022. As it relocates partially to neighbouring Niger, civil society has risen in protest there as well. Additionally, President Mohamed Bazoum’s announcement to increase the Diesel price ignited a public outcry. Megatrends Afrika spoke with Moussa Tchangari, secretary general of the Nigerien non-governmental organisation Alternative Espaces Citoyens (AEC), about the reasons for social discontent, new forms of protest, and possible ways out of the current security crisis.