West Africa Is Replicating France’s Failed Security Strategy

West Africa Is Replicating France’s Failed Security Strategy
Lt. Col. Assimi Goita, the leader of Mali’s ruling junta, attends an independence day military parade in Bamako, Mali, Sept. 22, 2022 (AP photo).

In late November, the leaders of the Accra Initiative, a collaborative security mechanism designed to target the region’s common security challenges, launched a multilateral task force to counter terrorism, violent extremism and transnational crime. But the new force and others like it largely mistake symptoms for causes.

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