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New Research Division Publication - NATO's Southern Flank Does Not Stop in North Africa: Addressing Terrorism Beyond the Sahel

  • 17 Feb. 2016
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  • Last updated: 10 Oct. 2017 13:26

Research Paper 128

Dear Reader,
With the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) wreaking terrorist havoc across Syria, Iraq and into Europe, this latest Research Paper considers the implications of the movement’s reach deep into Africa with its 2015 merger with Nigeria-based Boko Haram. Rather than view the development as too distant to be of concern to NATO, it argues for the Alliance to seriously prepare for threats emanating from this latest IS front. As the paper concludes: “NATO cannot afford to reduce its Southern Flank to a geographically delimited MENA region. Terrorists are not stopping at the Sahel, and neither should NATO’s efforts to address them.”

We hope you will appreciate this paper by our 2015 Munk Summer Research Fellow.

Jeffrey A. Larsen, PhD, Division Head Research

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