The project aims to reconceptualise the existing links between migration, development and security in the Sahel, a region where this nexus is particularly pronounced. The research also seeks to recast EU and US policies in these domains and analyse the opportunities and challenges facing the transatlantic partners in the region.
Coordinated by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the project will include joint-research activities with African experts and research centres. In this context, the project will be structured in two main parts. In the first instance, four international experts will be called upon to analyse and identify best practices relating to the Sahel’s security-migration-development nexus and their governance, giving particular relevance to factors affecting each component of this nexus and through a series of case studies. A second part will develop the research agenda, through an analysis of the strategic roles played by the EU and the US in the Sahel region. This will focus on the EU’s recent strategic elaboration on the internal and external dimension of migration, and the US’s security and development engagements in the region.
The project foresees a number of activities including the publication of six policy reports, and the organisation of a series of outreach and dissemination activities. An international conference will be held in Africa and develop policy recommendations addressed to both international actors. This will be followed by two seminars for the dissemination of policy recommendations in Europe and Washington D.C.
Funding: FEPS, NDI, Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Maeci), Compagnia di San Paolo.