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 firstname.lastname@example.org about submitting a guest post.