sahel4Marco Faias
(A trained analyst and information management specialist with over 25 years of experience in major international organizations and agencies such as the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Interpol, Europol, Frontex, and Schengen. He has worked extensively in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe, dealing with complex and sensitive issues related to organized crime and terrorism. He also studied and lived in six European Union Member States, acquiring a deep knowledge of the European context and culture. He holds six academic titles in various fields, including international relations, terrorism, law, and information technology. He is passionate about artificial intelligence and its implications for law enforcement and counter-terrorism efforts)

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The re-establishment of security within the semi-desert areas that span across the entire Sahel is difficult due to the scarce population that is distributed through a myriad of villages and hamlets. This difficulty is compounded by a high porosity of the borders, both intra Sahelian and extra-Sahelian. The difficulty in managing the border is not only a security or political issue but is also a socio-cultural one, driven by communities that have lived in the area for centuries without concern about borders while trading and smuggling goods across countries... Read more

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