The Delicate Political and Economic Situation in the Sahel

On the Verge of War: Uranium, Energy and Power, The Silent Battle in the Sahel


The Sahel, a vast African region, has become the focus of attention international due to the recent political crisis in Niger. After the coup of State and the ensuing diplomatic tensions, the issue has been raised. of a military intervention. But what is really at stake in this rich but troubled region?

An unexpected turn in Niger

The coup in Niger took many by surprise. Despite the hope of diplomatic solutions, the Economic Community of African States Western (ECOWAS) has given the green light for a military intervention against the new government Niger. The initial priority was to restore Mohamed Bazoum, the president. arrested, at his post. Meanwhile, the military junta has taken action. firm to consolidate their power, with significant changes in the Executive and growing connections with international players such as Russia.

France and its Role in the Sahel

The old colonial relationship between France and many Sahel countries continues being relevant. France has underlined its support for diplomatic efforts in Niger and has Condemned the coup. This relationship is reinforced by the French military presence in the region, focused on the fight against jihadist groups.

But the stakes are higher for France. Niger and Mali are vital to its energy infrastructure due to its uranium reserves. Orano, a French multinational is a key player in the nuclear industry and depends on large measure of the resources of the Sahel.

The current situation in the Sahel is best understood in the broader context of Geopolitics. The rivalry between world powers, such as the United States, France, China and Russia, is manifesting itself in the region, especially in projects such as the Trans-Saharan gas pipeline. This key infrastructure will connect Nigeria, Niger and Algeria, providing gas to both the Sahel region and Europe.

The recent coups in countries such as Niger and Mali can be seen as reactions against neocolonial models, especially from France, which follows having a strong economic and monetary influence in its former colonies.

The Sahel is a region rich in mineral and energy resources, but also It is one of the most impoverished and affected by climate change. It has been It has become a focal point for extremism, with groups like Al Qaeda establishing bases there. The complicated web of tribal and religious alliances also makes Any military intervention is potentially destabilizing.

With ECOWAS seriously considering an intervention and the growing In tension between regional and international actors, the Sahel is at a crossroads. The decisions taken in the The coming months will have long-term repercussions, not just for the region but also for global geopolitical dynamics. It is essential to address These issues carefully, taking into account both the realities policies such as humanitarian policies.

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