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I’m just back from a quick pop-in on the SAIS Sahel States conference this afternoon.  I was planning to attend the session on “Sahelian States in Comparative Perspective: Governance and Insecurity”.  Although I did get to speak with the graduate student panelist working on Niger (he knew a former Peace Corps colleague quite well), I did not hear any of the formal remarks as the session was 30 minutes behind schedule and there seemed to be no/minimal indication that its launch was imminent, so I sadly returned to work, unenlightened on Sahelian security.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed some great networking conversations and the meeting presented an exciting opportunity for me to speak in Hausa, which I hadn’t done in several years.  I hope I’ll be able to attend at least one of the sessions tomorrow.

If any of you were there, please share your thoughts or email me at africaindc@gmail.com about submitting a guest post.