Networks and spatial patterns of extremist organizations in North and West Africa

Olivier J. Walther, Christian Leuprecht, David B. Skillicorn

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This chapter represents alliances and conflicts of 179 organizations involved in violent events in the Sahel-Sahara between 1997 and 2014. Network analysis shows that groups with similar allies and foes are likely to have similar aggression patterns. Spatial analysis suggests that cross-border movement has intensified following the establishment of military bases by AQIM in Mali but reveals no evidence of a border “sanctuary.” The chapter confirms that national management strategies and foreign military interventions have profoundly affected the movement of Islamist groups in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfrican Border Disorders
Subtitle of host publicationAddressing Transnational Extremist Organizations
PublisherCarfax Publishing, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781351680127
ISBN (Print)9781315166483
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • North Africa
  • West Africa
  • Extremism
  • cross-border movement
  • alliances
  • conflicts


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