The geopolitical significance of the Sahara is becoming painfully clear. Islamist militant groups and transnational criminal networks are operating in the regions most fragile states exploiting widespread corruption weak government capacity crushing poverty and entrenched spills over borders and aggravate protected regional crises. This insecurity raises urgent concerns for the broader Sahara and the West. Perilous Desert details the sources of instability and what can be done to minimize the threat to simmering conflicts.
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