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Workshop on the Contagion of Violent Extremism into West Africa Coastal Countries


Violent extremism, often intertwined with communal tensions and criminality, has continued to gain ground across the Sahel belt of West Africa. Rising instability and the fragile security situation in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have generated concerns among neighbouring West African coastal states about the possibilities of regional spillover. Besides their proximity to countries which are already in the eye of the storm of violent extremism activities, Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Togo are confronted with other local specific grievances and vulnerabilities which may act as catalysts to nurture and fester violent extremist ideologies. These catalysts may include ethnic, sectorial, and religious tensions; real and perceived socio-economic marginalization of certain societal groups; and challenges related to bad governance, youth bulge, impunity of the political elite, and mistrust in state institutions.