Rolandsen & Bagayoko - A Hidden Conundrum Security Assistance and Informality in the Sahel, PRIO Policy Brief 01-
6 February 2023
PRIO POLICY BRIEF 01 2023 A Hidden Conundrum: Security Assistance and Informality in the Sahel When providing security assistance Brief Points (SA) to countries in the Sahel, both the The deep and multifarious relation- USA and Europe have taken insuffi- • ships between the political leadership cient account of informality within the and security sector personnel affect recipient countries’ securi. [...] Indeed, the incapacity strumentalisation of the military by the political Iraq, illustrate the challenges of affecting last- of SA providers to account for such informality elites as well as politisation of the military. [...] Hybridity, in this lit- The fusion of the military with the po- recipient country, to block migration routes or erature, relates to the manner in which formal litical leadership, and the resultant lack of to intercept drug smugglers. [...] The degree to which criminal special forces units that were mainly assigned curately the actual strength, competence and networks have infiltrated the rank and file of to protect the perpetrator of the earlier coup in experience of the organisations. [...] to The Gambia Following the 2017 Political Transi- Resolving the tension between the empirical tion: A Recipe for Further Fragmentation? Journal reality and the expectations and standards of of Intervention and Statebuilding 15(5): 630–46.