Governance and Conflict in the Sahel’s ‘Ungoverned Space’

Authors: Clionadh Raleigh and Caitriona Dowd

This article concerns governance and vio­lence rates across the ‘ungoverned’ spaces of the African Sahel. We consider how the dominant narrative for Africa generally, and the Sahel specifically, ‘securitizes’ space, and presents poverty, underdevelopment, and ‘ungoverned’ spaces as security threats to be addressed (Abrahamsen 2005; Keenan 2008).

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