'Good dictatorships’ are not the way to defeat jihadists in Africa

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace (photo: dpa)
Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace (photo: dpa)

A military response is needed to avoid the growth of real jihadist states in Africa. But Islamist groups benefit, in part, from the support of the populations and it will not be possible to contain people’s resentment for too long, even by installing strongmen – ‘good dictators’ - supported by Western countries. The terrorists’ funds must be cut off, diplomatic work extended and, perhaps, national borders redefined.

'Good dictatorships’ are not the way to defeat jihadists in Africa

ONE OF the main characteristics of contemporary jihadism is that it is global. This is obvious, but we tend to forget it, according to the circumstances.

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