Monday, 13 May 2013

IRIN Africa | Understanding the causes of violent extremism in West Africa | Mali | Nigeria | Governance | Security

IRIN Africa | Understanding the causes of violent extremism in West Africa | Mali | Nigeria | Governance | Security

DAKAR, 10 May 2013 (IRIN) - Academics and government, military and civil society representatives gathered for a conference in the Senegalese capital this week to assess the interplay between development and violent extremism in West Africa, with some participants suggesting that underdevelopment, marginalization and weak governance create a breeding ground for militancy.

While local factors in West African and Sahel countries have contributed to extremist violence, the rise of global jihad in the wake of the US-led "war on terror" since 9/11 has also played a part in spreading radical militancy in the region...
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