Does trafficking necessarily fuel conflict in the Sahel? Our new report on Niger challenges the assumption that trafficking is inherently destabilizing. A thread!
Competition over drug trafficking routes in #Niger has become fiercer in recent years. Such dynamics risk producing a militarised drug economy similar to that in northern Mali.
Super interesting Crisis Group report of trafficking in Northern Niger
This: 'Foreign militaries fighting jihadists should avoid getting sucked into efforts to disrupt illicit trade. Escalation of trafficking disputes into open armed conflict would fuel the militancy & migration that Western govts hope to contain.’
Niger’s informal systems for managing violence related to drug, gold and people trafficking in the country’s north are under strain – due in part to European pressure to curb migration and increased competition over drug transport routes.