Niamey has consistently presented an image of a friendly and reliable partner to the international community.
Mucahid Durmaz is a journalist and researcher with a focus on West Africa and the Sahel. He has written extensively on a wide range of issues in the r... egion. Durmaz holds a masters degree in African Studies from SOAS, University of London.
Mercenaries have become increasingly influential as states across Africa battle with an increase in armed groups.
Human rights groups slam a $156m trial scheme to offload thousands of refugees to Rwanda.
Casualties in the West African state are eclipsing those in its neighbour Mali, the birthplace of the conflict.
Despite Macron’s refusal to admit failure, France’s military intervention in Mali has been controversial.
There have been four coups across West Africa in 18 months amid public collapse of trust in state institutions.
Fears grow that violence that has crippled countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger will spill over further south.
This year, there were four successful military takeovers across the continent, up from one in 2021.
While slavery was abolished during colonial rule, local communities still place their descendants at society’s margins.
Over the past two decades, Turkey has sought to present itself as an alternative external power in the continent.