Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The ’Coup’ in Niger and its Impact on Long-term Policy Towards the Sahel


The ’Coup’ in Niger and its Impact on Long-term Policy Towards the Sahel

September 12, 2023 | 10:00 am | Africa Program

About the Event

The military takeover in Niger, toppling the democratically elected government, poses serious policy problems for the African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the West, in particular the United States and France who have military forces in Niger conducting counter-terrorism operations. ECOWAS, supported by France, is holding out the possibility of military action against the junta, while the US is reluctant to call what happened a coup, calling it instead an ‘attempted coup.’

While these organizations flounder in their search for an appropriate response, Russia, represented by the now leaderless Wagner Group, is standing in the wings in an as yet to be determined role, and the Sahel teeters on the brink of total chaos.

Michael Walsh, Paul Nantulya, and Bob Wekesa join FPRI Africa Program chair Charles Ray in a discussion on the broader short and long term implications of the situation in Niger.



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Paul Nantulya

Paul Nantulya - Paul Nantulya is a Research Associate at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. He is a subject matter specialist on Chinese foreign and security policy, China/Africa relations, and Africa’s relations with Southeast Asian countries. ; Speaker

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh - Michael Walsh is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Africa Program. ; Speaker

Bob Wekesa

Bob Wekesa - Bob is Partnerships and Research coordinator and Acting Director at the African Centre for the Study of the United States, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. ; Speaker

Charles A. Ray

Charles A. Ray - Charles A. Ray, a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Africa Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Zimbabwe. ; Moderator