The project spearheaded by the African Union's former peace and security commissioner Smaïl Chergui to create a pan-African force of 3,000 men looks like being dropped by his successor Bankole Adeoye, who is nevertheless keen for the AU to play a central role in the Sahel as France prepares for a "substantial" troop withdrawal this summer.
Operation Newcombe, the British deployment to Operation Barkhane, is gathering information on the political and social situation in Mali to better understand the evolving security environment in the aftermath of the coup that led to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta's resignation.
Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been trying for several weeks to bring his influence to bear on the situation in the Sahel. He is relying particularly on African Union peace and security commissioner Smaïl Chergui, who is leading an intense lobbying operation in favour of deployment of a 3,000-strong AU force in the region.
The United Nations Security Council has set itself a tall task for its 5 June meeting: overview the G5 Sahel States but also look into accusations of abuse against several of the coalition's national armed forces.
There is a battle raging behind the scenes within the UN's MINUSMA. The United States wants to place its candidate at the head of the peacekeeping mission while cutting personnel numbers - both measures Paris deems unacceptable.
The current deputy director of the French army's human resources policy department, General Marc Conruyt, is set to replace Pascal Facon as head of Operation Barkhane this summer.
The opening of negotiating channels with jihadist groups has become a muddled affair: the jihadists fear their unity will be undermined, the Malian president is sceptical and France is already losing interest.
Following the death of 13 French soldiers in Mali on 25 November, Paris is bringing forward plans, under consideration since September, to downsize its operations.
The G5 Sahel counter-terrorism force, which was supposed to become operational in March, is still not up and running. When Emmanuel Macron attends the 31st African Union (AU) summit in Nouakchott in early July, he will be aiming to revive [.
Only a few weeks after his first visit to Mali on May 19, French head of state Emmanuel Macron is [...]